Liverpool transfer round-up: Defensive target flattered by interest as Schuurs fee set
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With the January transfer window a little more than six weeks away from opening, the rumour mill is slowly cranking up to full throttle.
Liverpool are sure to be linked with countless central defenders over the next few weeks as the club comes to terms with having to be without both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez for much of the current season due to knee injuries.
Jurgen Klopp has proved he is unafraid of putting inexperienced players into his backline, but, as the Reds went into the season light of a senior centre-back, a move for one in January now looks inevitable.
And here's our round-up of the latest transfer gossip and news surrounding Liverpool.
Thiaw flattered by interest
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Liverpool's search for a new centr-back has taken them to German club Schalke, and two potential signings from the Bundesliga side have been identified.
While Ozan Kabak may be the more familiar defender to fans, the Reds have also been reportedly monitoring his young deputy, Malick Thiaw.
And according to sport.de , the 19-year-old is flattered by their interest, even if he doesn’t see himself moving on just yet.
“Of course you’re happy when big clubs are after you, but it was actually clear to me that I would stay at Schalke,” he said.
That might be his intention at things stand, but Thiaw might have a decision to make if Liverpool step up their supposed interest in him.
Ajax slap big fee on Liverpool target
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If the Reds are unable to prise a centre-back away from Schalke, they may move their search to the Netherlands.
Ajax defender Perr Schuurs, who Liverpool came up against in the Champions League, is drawing interest from across the continent.
Both Milan clubs, as well as the Reds, are said to be signing the player who is widely considered to be the next Matthijs de Ligt.
Ajax do not want to lose him on the cheap though, and according to PianetaMilan, they have stated they are not willing to begin negotiating his sale for less than €30 million.
Will Liverpool have money available in January?
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It's been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp's men.
They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.
Virgil van Dijk's season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back – especially with Alisson's injury worries too.
But there's no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.
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It’s easy to state Liverpool should sign new players in January, particularly in defence, but will they actually have the funds to complete the deals they wish?
Simon Hughes of The Athletic has been speaking on the Ornstein & Chapman Podcast, and from what he had to say, Liverpool’s supporters may have to reign in their expectations for signings in January.
“I don’t think Liverpool can really necessarily afford to go and splurge a huge sum of money at this moment in time,” he said.
That’s not what Kopites wanted to hear from somebody who is in the know, Simon.