22 July 2024

Agreed:Liverpool begins talks with a star to replace a waning Anfield force for €55 million in January, Klopp is eager.

Heading into 2024, Liverpool finds itself in an intriguing position transfer-wise. The Reds spent a total of around $180m (£145m/€168m) during the recent window and finished with a net outlay in the region of $115m (£93m/€108m).

 

All four of the incoming players were midfielders, with the Reds moving for Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister, RB Leipzig’s Dominik Szoboszlai, Stuttgart’s Wataru Endō and then, last of all on transfer deadline day, Bayern Munich’s Ryan Gravenberch.

 

That spree was offset by two unexpected but lucrative departures as Jordan Henderson and Fabinho both moved to the Saudi Pro League, joining Al-Ettifaq and Al-Ittihad respectively.

However, it looks as if a sizeable pot of money is still available to manager Jürgen Klopp, should he wish to access it. The Reds were involved in one of the most dramatic transfer sagas of the summer after bidding what was a British-record $136m (£110m/€128m) for Moisés Caicedo, only for the Ecuadorian to choose to join Chelsea for an even larger fee instead.

What’s interesting is that Liverpool only spent $21m (£16m/€19m) on Endō, before splashing out a further $43m (£34m/€40m) on Gravenberch. Putting two and two together, it seems that the club spent considerably less than it theoretically could have, and we’ll see if that money rolls over into next year.

 

Here is the Liverpool.com verdict on the transfer gossip to emerge around the Reds today.

Piero Hincapié (Bayer Leverkusen)

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp ‘has given the green light’ for the Reds to make a January move for Bayer Leverkusen defender Piero Hincapié, according to Spanish outlet Fichajes.

 

The Reds are in ‘advanced talks’ over a deal for the center-back, and it’s anticipated that the deal could be ‘closed’ for a figure in the region of $59m (£47m/€55m).

 

Klopp wants to strengthen the center of his backline in the winter window after the Reds failed to reinforce that department during the summer.

Liverpool’s home shirt for the 2023/2024 campaign pays homage to Bill Shankly and the legendary Reds manager’s final season in charge at Anfield. The Nike shirt features a bright red design with a bold white contrast on the colour and cuffs.

Liverpool.com says: The Athletic has previously set out a three-pronged transfer criteria in Liverpool’s search for a long-term center-back signing, and Hincapié appears to meet all three. First things first, he’s under the age of 23 (21), meaning he could potentially be Ibrahima Konaté’s partner when the aging Virgil van Dijk moves on.

 

Crucially, though, he wouldn’t expect to be starting games ahead of Konaté and Van Dijk straight away given his youth and the pedigree of that duo, instead applying pressure and playing the majority of his football in the cup competitions, with the odd opportunity in the league. Indeed, Liverpool progressing to the knockout stages of the Europa League in the New Year could be useful in this regard.

 

Finally, the Leverkusen star is left-footed, which is an invaluable trait for a center-back, opening up a greater array of passing angles in the build-up phase and making him an ideal counterbalance to the right-footed Konaté.

Liverpool held talks over a move for defensive midfielder Fabricio Díaz before he chose to join Qatar Stars League club Al-Gharafa instead, according to 90Min.

 

The Reds are said to have discussed a potential deal with their namesake club, Liverpool Montevideo, as did Premier League competitors Chelsea, Manchester United and Brentford.

 

Uruguay prospect Díaz was also the subject of interest from European giant Barcelona, as well as Atalanta in Italy, Marseille and Lille in France, Sevilla in Spain and Union Berlin in Germany, but ultimately chose to move to the Middle East instead.

 

 

 

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