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New signing to force Liverpool “machine” out the door “very soon”- Two bids already received

Neco Williams

Liverpool could now sell Neco Williams following his loan with Fulham last season with Calvin Ramsay set to join the Reds.

The Scotsman has all but joined Liverpool with the final arrangements being made.

A medical is to be conducted before the 18-year-old will sign a five-year contract with the Reds.

Neco Williams

According to Sports Illustrated’s LFC Transfer Room, Liverpool have received two bids for Neco Williams with the fullback potentially set to leave “very soon.”

Two bids from Nottingham Forest and Fulham have been received and are worth between £12M-£15M which would “satisfy Liverpool.”

While Ramsay may be joining, it’s disappointing to see Williams leave given the potential he has but he just hasn’t been able to make it work at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp has always gushed about the fullback and labelled him a “machine” last year.

Jurgen Klopp and Neco Williams - Is there a future for the Welsh fullback at Liverpool and can he grow at Liverpool

“Neco from the first day he trained with us, he trained like a machine,” Klopp said.

“Every day he became better and better and better and I thought, ‘OK, what’s that?!’

“Unfortunately then, in the moment he started playing for us, I saw it, he got a little physical knock, like it was always really intense all of the time. But then he had to play.”

It it wasn’t for Trent Alexander-Arnold, Williams would no doubt have made a bigger impact in the last couple of years.

On loan with Fulham last season, he scored two goals and assisted five.

Liverpool advised to sign Premier League playmaker with 52 goals and 66 assists: A cheap solution to midfield dilemma?

Christian Eriksen Liverpool

Jose Enrique has advised his formed side to bring Christian Eriksen to Anfield this summer to solve Liverpool’s midfield dilemma.

Do Liverpool need a playmaker?

Or a box-to-box powerhouse?

Maybe a technical genius like Thiago?

What about a workhorse similar to Jordan Henderson?

A play breaker like Fabinho?

After a move to sign Aurelien Tchouameni fell through when the Frenchman joined Real Madrid, fans have been speculating about what Jurgen Klopp really needs in the middle of the park.

Aurelien Tchouameni

What I believe is indisputable is that Liverpool need a midfielder.

Why do Liverpool need a new midfielder?

Regardless of what anyone thinks that player should be able to contribute, Klopp definitely needs a new central midfielder.

Last season was simply amazing and while it was very disappointing to see such incredible Premier League and Champions League campaigns end the way they did, it was still a remarkable season.

However, two things ruined Liverpool’s league title hopes.

A lack of clinical finishing before and during the festive period.

And a lack of control in midfield while Thiago was injured in the early parts of the season.

 Sky Sports Thiago Alcantara: Liverpool midfielder to miss next two games due to injury

Without the Spaniard, Liverpool really struggled to stamp their authority on games and were often bypassed in the centre of the pitch.

Jurgen Klopp prefers his side to control the game these days as opposed to the gung-ho approach he took in the early days of his Anfield reign.

I do miss the heavy metal football Liverpool used to rock in the Premier League but with the Reds advancing beyond their simple high pressing, counter-attacking style, the need for patient, technical players has increased.

Thiago showed this in the second half of the season with his technical excellence elevating Liverpool into the title race despite being 14 points behind at one stage.

So, does Christian Eriksen solve Liverpool’s midfield dilemma?

Not on his own, no.

Jose Enrique said on his Instagram story recently that he would like to see him at Anfield.

Here’s what he had to say: “Another interesting player that could be our solution to our midfield. And spending nothing because he is a free agent.

Christian Eriksen Liverpool

“He is a short-term solution but then we can wait for Bellingham next season – He will play if he deserves to play like everyone else. Eriksen is a top player and I believe he can compete for a starting spot in our XI. The season is very long.

“He is that kind of player, like Thiago, but maybe a little bit more offensive. But Thiago is our magician.”

The Danish Brentford midfielder would be a fine player to have in the middle of the park and is more than capable of unlocking a defence.

In his 237 Premier League appearances, Eriksen has 52 goals and 66 assists.

Klopp would no doubt benefit from having a player like the former Spurs star to break down stubborn low blocks.

But Liverpool don’t make stop-gap signings and even though I think taking him on for a year would be an astute move.

It’s not one that is in Liverpool’s playbook, however.

Footnote from Paul Joyce reveals that another attacker will follow Sadio Mane out Anfield exit door

Liverpool expect Takumi Minamino to follow Sadio Mane out the Anfield exit door this summer, according to Paul Joyce.

In an article discussing Mane’s move to Bayern Munich and the next steps for Liverpool, the Times journalist included a footnote on Minamino’s future.

It read: “In addition to the departure of Mané, Liverpool also expect Takumi Minamino to leave with Monaco and Lyon interested.”

The Japan international scored 10 goals for the Reds this season.

Takumi Minamino

He also got one assist but it was his clinical finishing that impressed so much.

Despite playing just 1008 minutes for Jurgen Klopp, he averaged a goal or an assist every 91 minutes.

Essentially, Minamino scored a goal for every full game of football he played.

The former RB Salzburg star was crucial in both the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup trophy wins and will leave Anfield with his head held high.

It was unfortunate that he was competing with the very best forwards in Europe for a starting role otherwise he may have had a longer career with Liverpool.

Takumi Minamino

Selling him isn’t actually in our best interest as he is so good for rotation in the cup tournaments and he even scored a crucial goal against Southampton to help take the Premier League title race to the final day of the season.

Yet, just like Divock Origi, you can’t keep squad players happy forever even if they’re winning silverware.

At 27, Minamino simply has to be playing as much as possible to make the most of his career and I wish him all the best.

Liverpool prepared to meet sporting director to finalise deal for £42.5 million speed demon

Sadio Mane

Liverpool are prepared to meet with Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic over Sadio Mane and his move to Germany.

Since joining the club in 2016, the speed-demon has been one of the best attackers in the Premier League the world.

With Liverpool, Mane has won everything possible and is now looking for a new challenge.

But Bayern need to meet Liverpool’s demands to sign the forward.

Liverpool prepared to meet sporting director to finalise Sadio Mane exit

So far, their offers to the Merseysiders have been “laughable”, Paul Joyce writes for the Times.

Sadio Mane

Their first bid was worth a total of £25M. It was promptly dismissed.

Their second offer was almost worse than the first. It was worth a total of £30M but included £6.5M in add-ons.

How were the add-ons structured?

Mane would have needed to win the Bundesliga three years in a row. Not entirely unrealistic, is it? The Germans have won the Bundesliga for the last 10 years in a row.

What was ridiculous was Bayern including a clause that stipulated for further bonus fees to be paid to Liverpool, Mane would also need to win the Ballon d’Or in 2023, 2024 and 2025.

That is nuts.

Yet despite, that absurd offer, Liverpool are “seemingly prepared” to meet with Hasan Salihamidzic – Bayern’s sporting director.

According to Joyce, this “indicates a willingness to proceed with matters.”

London, England, 19th December 2021. Sadio Mané of Liverpool during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London. Picture credit should read: Paul Terry / Sportimage - Photo by Icon sport

How much do Liverpool want to sell Mane?

Liverpool are demanding a fee worth around £42.5M and although Mane has just one year left on his contract, he is worth more than that in my eyes.

Since joining the club, Mane has scored 120 goals and assisted 48.

The former Southampton star has also won six major trophies.

Mane has been preemptively replaced by Darwin Nunez.

A club-record fee worth €100M was agreed with Benfica for the Reds’ new no.27 after he scored 34 goals in all competitions last season.

The Uruguayan has huge shoes to fill and even if Nunez matches Mane’s numbers, he will never be able to truly replace the Senegal star.

Nunez will need to pave his own path and set himself apart.

Fabrizio Romano claims Liverpool “have signed all paperwork” with medical set to be scheduled for new signing

Calvin Ramsay Liverpool

Fabrizio Romano reports that Liverpool and Aberdeen have completed all paperwork necessary to complete a deal for Calvin Ramsay.

The defender will now sign a contract which will tie him to the Reds until 2027 once he has completed a medical.

Ramsay will cost Liverpool £4M upfront plus £2.5M in add-ons.

Ramsay joining Liverpool might not excite many fans and that’s understandable as it’s obvious he’s being signed as a squad option.

That said, given how much Kostas Tsimikas achieved last season and how fun he was to watch, supporters should get a bit more excited about Ramsay.

Aberdeen legend Phil McGuire told the Daily Record that it’s clear to see why Liverpool want him.

“Calvin’s done exceptionally well and you can see why Liverpool want him,” McGuire said.

Calvin Ramsay

“He has been in a good club for his development and to keep him grounded, which is clear to see.

“There is no doubt Liverpool would be a great opportunity for him.”

Liverpool have done brilliantly this summer, getting all three of their signings in before pre-season is even close to starting.

This gives them the best chance of hitting the ground running although I’m sure Ramsay (18) and Fabio Carvalho (19) will be given more time to adapt given their ages.

Fabio Carvalho

Darwin Nunez, however, will likely be under more pressure to perform due to his huge price tag but Jurgen Klopp is famous for giving his new signings time to adjust.

It’s possible that Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah start against Fulham on the opening day of the season.

But Nunez strikes me as the type of player that won’t need much time to get used to Liverpool’s tactical demands.

Major Liverpool update issued as negotiations for £220,000/week star now the priority – yet to receive improved offer

Mohamed Salah's contract extension

James Pearce reports that Mohamed Salah’s contract extension is Liverpool’s next priority after signing Darwin Nunez.

The Uruguayan is expected to star alongside Salah in the new Premier League season after a €100M deal was struck to bring him to Anfield.

While it’s heartbreaking to see an era come to an end with Sadio Mane set to leave the club, a new one is set to begin.

Darwin Nunez interview

And Liverpool want to ensure it doesn’t end a year from now due to a Mo Salah free-agent exit with his contract set to expire at the end of the 2022/23 season.

Mohamed Salah’s contract extension is now Liverpool’s priority

After signing Darwin Nunez, Liverpool are prioritising reaching an agreement over Mohamed Salah’s contract extension.

The Egyptian once again broke the 30-goal mark for the Reds last season and also provided 16 assists, having a hand in a total of 47 goals for Liverpool.

Mohamed Salah's contract extension

James Pearce writes for the Athletic that negotiations over a new deal for Salah have been prioritised.

Salah “has yet to receive an improved offer since the season finished”, he reports.

A previous report from the Athletic and Pearce stated that Salah has made wage demands that would make him the sixth-highest paid player in the world.

The offer that Liverpool made was around the £258,000 per week mark.

Just 15 per cent more than his current wage.

Completing Salah’s contract extension would be a signal of intent

After signing Darwin Nunez for €100M, completing Salah’s contract extension would be a signal of intent to Liverpool’s rivals.

Mohamed Salah - Jurgen Klopp

It’s not going to be cheap but unless Liverpool have their eye on a young player that Jurgen Klopp can take to new heights, keeping Salah is non-negotiable.

The Egyptian may have had a disappointing second half to the 2021/22 season but he still scored and assisted a total of 47 goals.

Had he been able to keep his goalscoring form going following AFCON, the numbers he would have achieved would have been truly terrifying.

“I’ll give him a call”: Darwin Nunez says he will call Luis Suarez after €100million Liverpool move

Nunez Suarez

Darwin Nunez told Liverpool after completing his move to Anfield that he will give Luis Suarez a call after following in his compatriot’s footsteps.

The 22-year-old signed a six-year deal to seal the switch from Benfica, earning his former club a potential €100million fee.

He scored 34 goals last season for the Portuguese side and Liverpool have now snapped him up to reinforce their attacking ranks.

Darwin Nunez says he will call Luis Suarez

Sadio Mane is set to take his leave, bringing an end to an amazing 6-year career with the Reds. In his time at the club, he won everything there was to win.

His replacement, Nunez, is now ready to follow in Luis Suarez’s footsteps and become the latest forward to play for Liverpool.

Darwin Nunez says he will call Luis Suarez

When asked if he had yet had the chance to speak to Suarez about joining Liverpool, Nunez replied: “No, not yet, I’ve not had a chance to be in touch with him just yet.

“But I’m sure when everything comes out on social media, I’ll give him a call or I’ll send him a photo that I’ve taken where he’s there in the background in a picture.

“I’ll send that to him and we’ll have a bit of a chat and I’ll ask him lots of questions so he can offer his support and help because he’s a real reference to me because he’s a Uruguayan footballer who made history at Liverpool.

“But, for sure, I’ll get the opportunity soon to call him and have a chat with him.”

Liverpool on ‘standby’ to complete mega-money move for simply remarkable player that would perfect Jurgen Klopp’s team

Jude Bellingham wanted by Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool are on ‘standby’ after submitting a massive bid for Jude Bellingham as the Reds consider another mega-money move.

Spanish outlet Cadena Ser sent Liverpool fans online into a frenzy on Wednesday with a report stating that a €100million bid for Borussia Dortmund’s Bellingham has been submitted.

Liverpool have just signed Darwin Nunez for the same fee which makes signing Bellingham this summer extremely difficult but the Echo claims the Reds are watching his situation closely.

Ian Doyle reports: “Liverpool showed their hand somewhat with interest in Aurelien Tchouameni before it became clear the midfielder was intent on completing a move to Real Madrid.

Aurelien Tchouameni Jude Bellingham

“Upgrading the engine room will now become a priority, with Klopp a huge fan of Jude Bellingham.

“Any move for the Borussia Dortmund teenager will most likely have to wait until next year, although the Reds recruitment team will be on standby to react should there be any further developments.”

Liverpool could make this summer their greatest every transfer window if they sign Fabio Carvalho, Darwin Nunez, Calvin Ramsay and Jude Bellingham.

Each player addresses a specific weakness in the squad and would leave Klopp with a nearly perfect group of players to choose from.

Adding Bellingham, however, would address the biggest issue that Klopp faced before Christmas last season; his lack of midfield depth and quality cost the Reds in the Premier League title race.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 30, 2021: Brighton & Hove Albion's Leandro Trossard celebrates after scoring the second goal to equalise the score at 2-2 during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Draws against the likes of Brighton and Brentford were caused by a lack of control in the engine room while Thiago Alcantara was injured.

Naby Keita left the pitch with an injury during the 2-2 draw with Brighton with Liverpool conceding twice after he was substituted.

If Klopp had 18-year-old Jude Bellingham in the squad, it would give him the required strength in depth to compete with Manchester City, who are also trying to add Kalvin Phillips to their ranks.

Paying €100million to sign Nunez and then following that up by paying €100million for Bellingham is quite unrealistic but we can dream.

Hopefully, Borussia Dortmund have a change of mind and make Bellingham available for transfer this summer so Liverpool can swoop in.

Liverpool move to sign £106M Dutchman gathering pace, ready to sign for £200K/week: Chelsea interested “for long time”

Matthijs de Ligt Virgil van Dijk

A Liverpool move to sign Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt is gaining momentum, according to reports, with the Dutchman ready to sign for £200,000 per week.

The Reds mean business this summer. This has been evidenced by their €100M club-record deal to sign Darwin Nunez.

Could Liverpool sign de Ligt this summer?

However, the chances of the Reds following that up by triggering de Ligt’s €125 M (£106M) release clause are remote given the depth in that position available to Jurgen Klopp.

The German manager is able to call on four of the finest central defenders in the world and there isn’t another team able to match Liverpool’s strength in depth in that area of the pitch.

Jurgen Klopp and Ibrahima Konate

Virgil van Dijk, the best defender in the world, has the likes of Joel Matip, Ibrahima Konate and Joe Gomez alongside him.

The four centre-backs give Klopp peace of mind after the injury-fraught nightmare that was the 2020/2021 season.

Liverpool “approach” for de Ligt “should not be overlooked”

In May, Calciomercato claimed Liverpool were in the process of weighing up a move for de Ligt, whose current deal includes a release clause worth £106M.

After signing Darwin Nunez for around £85M, paying that kind of fee would again smash Liverpool’s club-record transfer fee.

Liverpool's next marquee signing

They then reported that the Dutchman would sign for Liverpool immediately if they agreed to pay him £200,000 per week.

Calciomercato again report on de Ligt’s future with an update on his contract situation, saying the defender is unhappy at Juventus after finishing fourth in Serie A for two seasons in a row.

Watching both Milan clubs romp to league titles has left de Ligt feeling “dissatisfied” and he wants his release clause reduced to €80M (£68M).

The report states that Chelsea have been interested in de Ligt “for a long time” but significantly adds that the “approach of Liverpool should not be overlooked.”

Julian Ward masterclass means Liverpool have funds to complete £86m marquee signing after first bid was made

Julian Ward ingenuity could see Liverpool complete another €100m signing

Julian Ward appears to have played an ingenious move during negotiations to sign Darwin Nunez which will allow Liverpool to complete another marquee signing.

So far, Fabio Carvalho and Nunez have already been signed by the Reds with Calvin Ramsay set to follow imminently with the Aberdeen fullback agreeing personal terms.

Liverpool have operated with authority and speed rarely seen in the transfer window.

It’s now feasible that the Reds could complete all their incomings by the start of pre-season which would give Jurgen Klopp the best chance of getting his squad fully ready for the 2022/23 season.

Julian Ward ingenuity could see Liverpool complete another €100m signing

One signing that is hugely unlikely to be completed this summer is a mega-money move for Jude Bellingham but Julian Ward may have played his cards brilliantly to make a move possible.

According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool reached an agreement with Benfica that means they are only required to pay £47 million this summer.

After a deal was agreed for a fee worth a total of £85million, the Reds also negotiated to ensure they pay just over half the fee up front and the rest later.

This means that, assuming all the performance-related add-ons are triggered, £38million needs to be paid in the future for Darwin Nunez.

Darwin Nunez interview

However, by ensuring that Liverpool aren’t blowing their whole transfer budget this summer, a deal to sign Jude Bellingham is possible if Borussia Dortmund make him available.

Cadena Ser reports that Liverpool have already made a €100million bid for the midfielder.

According to the Liverpool Echo, it has become a priority for Jurgen Klopp to upgrade his engine room this summer.

Although a move for Jude Bellingham may need to wait until next summer, “the Reds recruitment team will be on standby to react should there be any further developments,” Ian Doyle reports for the Echo.