With Liverpool looking to challenge on all four fronts given their imperious form, Jurgen Klopp may dip into the transfer market to further strengthen his squad come January
After another classy display in the Champions League on Wednesday night, Liverpool look set to mount a serious challenge on all four fronts this season.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have already overcome numerous injury setbacks this campaign and their 2-0 triumph over Porto with a much changed line-up once again emphasised the squad’s strength in depth.
Despite only make one signing this summer in the form of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig for £36million, Liverpool look to have returned to their 2020 title-winning best after bouncing back from last season’s woes in style.
However, as the impending disruption caused by the African Cup of Nations in January creeps ever closer, and with the quest for four trophies bringing with it its fair share of challenges, Klopp will no doubt be looking to bolster this squad as Liverpool head into the business end of the season in the New Year.
With all that in mind, Mirror Football brings you the latest transfer gossip coming out of Anfield.
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Klopp handed Haaland blow
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One of the hottest players in world football, Erling Haaland is a name atop the transfer wishlists of all of Europe’s elite clubs.
While a host of Premier League teams, including Liverpool, are reportedly monitoring the Norwegian hitman amid speculation surrounding him seeking a new challenge away from Borussia Dortmund in the near future, the 21-year-old has supposedly stated his preference.
The news will come as a blow to Liverpool who have been continuously linked with a move for the sensational striker who has hit an astonishing 70 goals in 69 games since moving to Germany.
Haaland, whose release clause is rumoured to be in the region of £68m, could now be on the move sooner than expected after the injured star could only watch on as current club Dortmund crashed out of the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Reds tipped to sign Traore
With Liverpool set to lose attacking pair Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for up to six weeks come the turn of the year as the African Cup of Nations commences, the Reds are being tipped to dip into the market for some forward cover.
One name in particular who is being hotly-tipped to succeed at Anfield is that of Wolves winger Adama Traore.
The speedy Spaniard has endured a difficult season with the West Midlanders under Bruno Lage so far, failing to register a single goal or assist in any of his 11 Premier League appearances.
With Traore’s contract up in 2023, Wolves could look to cash in on the 25-year-old who is reportedly catching Liverpool’s eye, according to Italian outlet CalcioMercato.
And talkSPORT‘s Darren Bent thinks Traore – a player described by Klopp as “actually undefendable” earlier in the year – would be a top signing for the Reds.
“In that team, he could be unstoppable as well by the way,” Bent remarked. “His problem is consistency but I think in that Liverpool team, where they play the high press and high energy, her might be good for them.”
Liverpool to miss out on Adeyemi
RB Salzburg attacker Karim Adeyemi is another name who has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool in recent months, but it appears as though the Reds could be set to miss out on the rising German star.
Adeyemi has hit 11 goals in just 14 matches so far in the Austrian Bundesliga and the 19-year-old recently carried his club form into international duty with his country, hitting his first strike having broken into the Germany fold.
Now it appears as though the youngster could beheading back to his homeland as Dortmund are reportedly eager to seal a deal for the striking sensation – possibly as a long-term replacement for the aforementioned Haaland.
According to Fabrizio Romano, via the Express, Dortmund are in pole position to sign the Salzburg star and pip Liverpool to his signature.
If the move does materialise, it wouldn’t be the first time Dortmund have edged the Reds in the race for one of Salzburg’s star strikers, having snapped up Haaland ahead of everyone else two years ago.