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Liverpool already making plans for Star Signing in January

After a crazy transfer window where Liverpool were constantly battling with Chelsea, the Reds are making a statement on who they want in January. 

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After a crazy transfer window where Liverpool were constantly battling with Chelsea, losing out all their key targets, the Reds are making a strong statement on who they want to sign in the January transfer window.  And he’s from West Ham. 

Speculation is circling the internet that Liverpool are showing a keen interest in West Ham star Nayaf Augerd. The Reds have significantly changed their midfield this summer, with several players donning the jersey for their first season. 

Jurgen Klopp is now focussed on overhauling his defence. He wanted to see a turnaround in the defence this summer window, but Liverpool bosses were preoccupied with the midfield overhaul.

Aguerd, a signing for the Hammers in the summer of 2022, has become a key figure in David Moyes’ setup, making 33 appearances and showing his worth with three goals. 

But there’s still more work to do – Liverpool will face competition from City for his sign as the Treble winners are already making their plans around the player.  It is going to be another transfer battle in January. 

Aguerd’s price tag will be expensive, but Liverpool appears determined to reinforce its backline. The Sun reports that Klopp is keen on securing the Moroccan international in January, signaling a shift in focus back to bolstering the defence.

This signing will bring back more fan anticipation, denotes Seatsnet, as the overall hype for Liverpool tickets early this season is low. But a stellar first few games and a few signings that will push Liverpool to the top will ensure that the fans keep coming back. 

The reasons for the signing to come in January are open. Joel Matip, a seasoned player for Liverpool, has seen his form dipping with time. With his contract set to expire next summer, Liverpool may be open to offers for the 32-year-old, potentially allowing him to return to the Bundesliga.

If Aguerd does make a move to Anfield, it could also prompt a positional change and flexibility for Virgil van Dijk. Often deployed as the left-sided center-back, Van Dijk will have to return to the right side of the central defense with the addition of the left-footed Moroccan.

Klopp’s interest in Aguerd will likely intensify as January approaches, and a substantial offer could put Liverpool in a strong position. This move could provide an immediate pathway to the first team, potentially giving Liverpool an edge over Manchester City, who recently invested in Josko Gvardiol for their defensive lineup during the summer transfer window.

No Germany-Liverpool role for Klopp

The idea of Jurgen Klopp taking on dual roles as both Liverpool manager and the head of the Germany national team has been firmly dismissed as “out of the question.” 

Klopp, who recently signed a new four-year contract with Liverpool, has repeatedly turned down opportunities to manage the German national team.

Hansi Flick’s departure as Germany’s manager revealed speculation about Klopp stepping in as his replacement. 

However, Klopp’s unwavering commitment to Liverpool and his contract, which ties him to Anfield until at least 2026, makes it highly unlikely that he would entertain the idea of managing both Liverpool and the national team simultaneously.

While some reports had suggested that Klopp could manage Liverpool until the end of the current season if he agreed to take over as Germany’s manager, insiders close to Klopp have firmly rejected this possibility. Klopp is deeply engaged in rebuilding Liverpool’s squad, often called “Liverpool FC reloaded,” and is focused on the challenges and opportunities this new phase presents.

In Klopp’s words, this period represents an exciting new chapter for Liverpool, with changes and a new leadership group in place. 

With Klopp reassuring Liverpool that he will reshape this Liverpool side after their dismal performance last season, it looks like Klopp is staying for a while to take over Germany. 

Liverpool miss out on Napoli’s Elmas

Liverpool were unfortunate in the transfer window on several players, with the other clubs undercutting what they offered. 

But with Napoli midfielder Eljif Elmas, they missed the ideal negotiation. 

Liverpool had expressed interest in Napoli’s Eljif Elmas in the summer transfer window. While the player was interested, the two clubs could not agree on the transfer fee. 

At a time when Liverpool are on a revamp in the midfield, the addition of Elmas could’ve bolstered the confidence. 

The sale of Fabinho and Henderson to Saudi Arabia was a big blow to the club. Both of these players were integral to the Liverpool side in the Klopp era, and leaving them meant they had to restructure. 

With Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and James Milner also leaving on free transfers, it was chaos in the midfield. 

However, Liverpool replied strongly by bringing in Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, Wataru Endo, and Ryan Gravenberch; the last piece of the puzzle could’ve been Elmas.

But, negotiations did not go through, and Liverpool lost another prospective signing. 

Reports suggest that Liverpool offered €30 million (£26 million) for Macedonia international Elmas, but Napoli responded firmly and decisively, indicating they had no intention of selling him at that price.

Mo Salah’s Drama still not over? 

While Liverpool explored various options in the transfer market, including interest in players like Elmas, some speculations surrounded the future of Mohamed Salah. Al-Ittihad from Saudi Arabia made a substantial bid of £150 million for Salah, but the move did not materialize.

Saudi Pro League director of football Michael Emenalo emphasized that they hold no grudges and are open to future opportunities to sign Salah. 

Despite some discussions within Liverpool’s ownership structure, Salah chose to stay, cementing his status as an Anfield hero and remaining committed to Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

The fans think that Salah has a close connection with the Anfield club, and even in 2023, he becomes one of the biggest reasons why reseller platforms such as Seatsnet continue to receive requests for Liverpool tickets. 

If or when Salah decides to leave, it will be a massive gap to fill. But it isn’t a concern for Klopp, at least this season. 

ESPN pundit Gab Marcotti highlighted Salah’s loyalty to Liverpool, as he and his agent consistently stated their intention for him to remain with the club. While there may have been some in the ownership structure who considered selling Salah for financial gain, he ultimately chose to stay, solidifying his place as a key figure in Liverpool’s plans.

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