Liverpool haven’t had an easy start to the Premier League season so far with several injuries and inconsistent performances leading to a sixth-place position in the top flight at present.
The Reds are currently 15 points adrift from league leaders Arsenal and it will take one of Jurgen Klopp‘s miracles to put his team in contention to compete for the title over the remainder of the campaign.
Luckily, the Liverpool boss will have the opportunity to strengthen his squad when the January transfer window reopens at the end of this week, with the signing of Cody Gakpo already in the works at Anfield ahead of the new year.
Despite the PSV Eindhoven star being a great coup for the Merseysiders, there is no denying that their most crucial business will need to be done in the centre of the pitch with many of Liverpool’s midfielders either out of contract in the summer or reaching the latter stages of their career.
Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner are all entering the final few months of their contracts whilst captain Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara are well into their 30s at this point and as a result, will not play a big part in the long-term future in midfield.
As a result, the signing of midfielders who can make a genuine impact whilst injecting a youthful perspective into the heart of the team should be top of the agenda for the powers at Anfield, as a new transfer target has been reveaᶅ ed.
Brighton & Hove Albion star Alexis Mac Allister is reportedly the latest player Liverpool are interested in signing to improve the midfield performances and personnel over the coming months ahead, according to La Repubblica.
It comes as no surρrise that Mac Allister has captured the attention of the six-time Champions League winners after putting on phenomenal performances at the World Cup in Qatar over the last month, winning the prestigious international tournament with his native Argentina.
Over six appearances, the £50k-per-week ace – who was hailed “unplayable” and an “incredible talent” by journalist Roy Nemer – scored one goal, delivered one assist and completed 67% of his dribbles, as well as averaging 39 accurate passes, 1.3 key passes, 1.5 tackles and 5.2 duels won per game.
The signing of the 24-year-old could be the final curtain for Keita who is yet to agree on a new contract despite reportedly being in talks to extend his stay on Merseyside, as Mac Allister would surely sтeal his spot in the starting line-up should a move be sanctioned for the Argentine in 2023.
With that being said, it will be interesting to see if Liverpool pursue Mac Allister when the transfer window reopens as he could be a great addition to Klopp’s midfield rebuild.
‘You won’t regret!’ – Cody Gakpo sent Jude Bellingham ‘Stunning Message’ ahead of Reds move
Cody Gakpo said in a transfer message to Jude Bellingham before of his move to Liverpool.
Despite past interest from Manchester United, Cody Gakpo is likely to join Liverpool, and Jason McAteer feels his managing role helped seal the deal.
Former Liverpool player Jason McAteer believes Jurgen Klopp’s managerial qualities will persuade Cody Gakpo to join the club over Manchester United.
Following the Reds’ 3-1 Boxing Day victory against Aston Villa, fans were given a late Christmas surρrise when it was reveaᶅ ed that the two clubs had reached an agreement on a contract for Gakpo.
According to the Dutch club, he would “travel for England imminently to undergo the required procedures before to the conclusion of the deal.”
It is understood that discussions between Liverpool and PSV have proceeded to an advanced stage, having dramatically accelerated in recent days. The original sum will be roughly £37 million, with add-ons expected to push the deal far above the £40 million threshold.
After making 36 direct goal contributions for his childhood club in the 2021/2022 season, the 23-year-old carried that form into the Netherlands’ FIFA World Cup campaign. He scored three goals in three Group A games to assist Louis van Gaal’s team reach the quarter-finals in Qatar.
As a result, it is not surprising that a number of top European teams were said to be interested in signing Gakpo. Erik ten Hag, a compatriot, had previously indicated interest in a summer move but has now missed out on a move to Liverpool due to takeover speculation at Old Trafford.
And McAteer, who played 139 times for Liverpool, told beIN SPORTS that the gap in managerial position aided the Reds in pulling off such a high-profile transaction.
“You’ve requested a comparison between Liverpool and Manchester United,” he explained.
“Jurgen Klopp can call Cody Gakpo and tell him, “We could have Jude Bellingham at the end of the season, we’ve got Diaz back at the end of the season, we’ve signed Nunez, Salah is staying, I’m staying for another two or three seasons, and we’ve got tremendous dreams and aspirations.”
“Klopp is an expert at conversing with gamers in this manner. I know Virgil van Dijk was never off the phone with him, and I shouldn’t say that.
“I know which club I would join if Jurgen Klopp called me over ten Hag. I think it’s a deal for the price.”
Liverpool will make their long-awaited return to Anfield in three days when they welcome former manager Brendan Rodgers and Leicester City.