– Klopp wants ‘No. 8’ he can also play as ‘No. 6’

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In the last eight transfer periods, Jürgen Klopp has bought only one midfielder. It was Thiago Alcantara, who arrived in September 2020 from Bayern Munich.

Paul Joyce in The Times He writes that the Reds had two names on the block this summer. There was Aurelien Chuamini, who went to Real Madrid, and Judd Bellingham, who was not available this summer. He will sell Borussia Dortmund next summer at the earliest.

The journalist, who probably has the best contact at Liverpool FC, writes that it is out of the question to buy a midfielder to bring in an extra man:

He writes: “In a perfect world, Klopp would want a number 8, who can also play as a number 6 – but there has to be someone who can play now and when the other players come back from injury.”

So he is a typical midfielder who tops the wish list, but also someone who could play a deeper role.

– Players bought by arch rivals will not be suitable

This month Everton bought Amadou Onana from Lille for £33m. The tall Belgian is a player who was also wanted by West Ham, and he has great potential.

Manchester United offered their latest midfield signing ahead of Monday’s game against Liverpool. It’s Casemiro of Real Madrid, who helped win five Champions League titles with the Spanish big club. The 30-year-old comes on a transfer fee that could go up to £70m.

According to Joyce, there are two names that were not related to Liverpool this summer.

“Casimiro is not playing in the right position, not at the right price, and he is in his 30s, not at the right age.” For Onana, it is the adaptation to English football that is against him.

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From his two runs so far, he writes, “it looks like it’s going to take a while for him to get into it.”

The transfer window closes at midnight on Thursday 1 September.

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