Everton set to move for de Vrij


Everton are set to rival Liverpool in the race to sign Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij.

That’s according to an article in the Echo which claims that Sam Allardyce has put the Holland international on his January transfer target list.

Liverpool were rumoured to have had a bid rejected for the Dutchman during the Summer and have kept him on a shortlist alongside his compatriot Virgil Van Dijk.

Manager Jurgen Klopp is said to be interested in the prospect of pairing the two up at the heart of his defence next year and interest from Goodison Park would complicate those plans.

The report states that de Vrij is about to enter the final six months of his contract with the Italian club and that will see plenty of interest in his services.

Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan are all said to be closely monitoring his situation and could rival the Merseyside clubs for his signature.

The prospect of teaming up with international colleague Van Dijk could swing things in Klopp’s favour, but he will need to convince Southampton to sell him first.

Offers set to arrive for Grujic


Liverpool are set to receive loan offers for Marko Grujic.

The Serbian midfielder has struggled to make much of an impact since his arrival at Anfield in the Summer of 2016.

After a deal was agreed to bring him to the club from Red Star Belgrade back in January of last year, much was expected of the teenager.

Some impressive goals in preseason friendlies have reinforced those views, but his opportunities have been restricted by manager Jurgen Klopp.

It is now looking increasingly likely that he will spend the second half of the campaign out on loan, with offers set to arrive on Klopp’s desk.

Premier League newcomers Brighton & Hove Albion are keen to do a deal and will face competition from Championship outfit Aston Villa, according to the Echo.

Klopp is likely to allow Grujic to go wherever he is guaranteed the most first-team football and is likely to favour game time in the top flight.

Turkish club Fenerbahce are also closely monitoring his situation, but there is much less chance of him holding down a place in their first XI.

Klopp leads Quina race


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is on course to sign West Ham midfielder Domingos Quina.

The teenager is set to be allowed to leave the London club and the German boss is eager to bring him to Anfield next month, according to The Daily Mail.

New Hammers boss David Moyes is said to be open to the idea of letting him move on having apparently decided that the eighteen year old does not figure in his plans.

Quina, who was born in Guinea-Bissau, only moved to West Ham last year after leaving Chelsea’s academy setup following no deal being put on the table for him.

And it now looks like he will be making another Premier League switch as Klopp prepares to make him part of the under-23 squad at Anfield.

It remains to be seen what kind of fee it will take to get him to Merseyside, but it’s unlikely to make much of a dent in Klopp’s budget.

Arsenal could complicate matters, however, as they too are said to be interested in signing the youngster.

Sturridge set for Anfield exit


Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is set to quit the club.

The England international wants to leave Anfield in January to try and save his World Cup dream after becoming a peripheral player under manager Jurgen Klopp.

Sturridge has become a regular fixture on the substitute bench since Klopp took over from Brendan Rodgers in October 2015 and it isn’t doing his prospects of heading to Russia much good.

Klopp has admitted that the twenty-eight year old is in the “best shape” since he took over the job two years ago, but he also has plenty of other options.

“Physically, Daniel is in the best shape since I came. But, obviously, there are a few players around him who are not that bad as well!” he said.

Sturridge is likely to attract plenty of loan offers next month, with reports claiming that some continental clubs are keen to land him, as he prepares to try and breathe life back into flagging career.

Valencia and Real Betis are rumoured to be eyeing up offers to take him to La Liga for the second half of the campaign and some Premier League clubs will be considering offers too.

Klopp rules out early Keita move


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has ruled out the prospect of Naby Keita arriving in January.

The RB Leipzig midfielder has got a deal in place to move from the German club to Anfield on 1st July next year after the Reds agreed to pay a premium to activate his release clause early.

There has been speculation that Liverpool could pay an extra fee to bring forward the move after the Bundesliga side made an early exit from the Champions League after failing to get out of the group stage.

But Klopp has dismissed the notion and said that Leipzig are standing firm and do not want to let their star man make an early exit.

“There is an agreement with the club that he will come in June or July to Liverpool.” he said.

“There is nothing else to say about that. We really don’t think about it because of all the things Leipzig have said.

“They said they do not have to sell any player.

“Why should they do something like that? So no, we don’t think about it.” he finished.

The news will disappoint, but perhaps not surprise, Liverpool supporters who were hoping to see the Guinea international arrive sooner than expected.

Saints could let Van Dijk leave


Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has refused to rule out the sale of Virgil Van Dijk.

The Holland international was keen to leave St Mary’s in order to make a move to Liverpool back in the Summer, but his transfer request was rejected by the south coast club.

But Pellegrino, who had a brief spell as a Liverpool player during his career, has admitted that the decision is out of his hands and indicated that the Dutchman could well move in January.

“I can’t control the market, I am not the owner.” he said.

“I have my opinion, I have to give to the technical director and the chairman my opinion, but the club will decide what’s best.

“I can’t control the market, and I am not the owner of the players, I will recommend to keep our best player here, in the club.”

“I can’t say nothing about that because you never know what can happen in the future.

“We have got a lot of players in our club that the other clubs wants to buy or on loan.

“Also the market offers not much but we will be ready.” he continued.

Van Dijk was left out of the starting side for Southampton’s 1-0 defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and that could be more evidence to suggest he will be allowed to go.

“We have to choose the players who want to help the club 100%.” he said.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp remains keen to bring him to the club, but Manchester City are also considering making a January offer.

Guardiola sets his sights on Van Dijk


Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has made Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk a January transfer target.

That’s according a claim being made by Goal in a report on the Spaniard’s defensive options ahead of the opening of the winter window next month once the Christmas period is over.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss is looking to bring in a new centre-back to add options to his squad after seeing England international John Stones get injured.

He is also concerned over the fragility of club captain Vincent Kompany and has decided that he doesn’t have sufficient cover for the second half of the campaign and will make a move for a new defender.

Guardiola is considering moving for the Holland international along with Real Sociedad’s Inigo Martinez, who is also attracting interest from Barcelona ahead of the transfer window.

Van Dijk made it clear that Anfield was his preferred destination at the end of last season, but a deal failed to materialise as Southampton rejected his transfer request.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp remains determined to bring the Dutchman to Merseyside and Van Dijk is said to still be keen, but the interest from the Premier League leaders will only complicate matters.

Guardiola could persuade the defender that his future is best served at City – who are playing some impressive football this season and lead the title race by eleven points from Manchester United.

Klopp’s side currently occupy fifth place, but are also through to the knockout phases of the Champions League – a competition Van Dijk is desperate to play in again.

Southampton will no doubt demand a high fee to let their star player move on and that will also play into City’s hands thanks to their far higher financial resources.

It looks like Klopp will need to work all the charm and character he has available to pull this deal off.

Reds looking to sign Kovacic


Liverpool have verbally agreed to sign Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic.

That is according to a report by Spanish outlet Diario Gol – who are claiming that the Reds have struck an agreement to bring the Croatia international to Anfield next Summer.

The twenty-three year old has struggled to hold down a regular spot in Zinedine Zidane’s first XI at the Bernabeu and is said to be ready to call it quits and move elsewhere.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of the former Inter Milan man according to the report and is ready to secure his signature in order to cover the impending loss of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, it is claimed.

Kovacic has not made the expected impact at the Spanish giants since they signed him from the Italian club and both sides are said to be ready to negotiate an exit.

He would be a good signing for Klopp and would fit into the German’s system well alongside Guinea international Naby Keita, who is definitely arriving at the club at the end of the current campaign.

Many Liverpool supporters will be hoping that this report is accurate, while others will be taking it with a pinch of salt as we approach the transfer window.

Coutinho looking for January exit


Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho wants to join Barcelona in January.

That’s the latest claim from Spanish newspaper Don Balon, who are reporting that the Brazil international is eager to make the move in the winter transfer window.

They also claim that the twenty-five year old has an agreement in his place with the club to leave at the end of the campaign – but he wants to change the terms of the deal and go sooner.

Barcelona are likely to return with a fourth bid to finally get him to the Camp Nou next month after seeing a trio of offers immediately rejected by the Reds back in the Summer.

Coutinho handed in a transfer request in a bid to force through an exit in August, but the club quickly informed him that he would be going nowhere and no negotiations would take place.

Having signed a new contract earlier this year, Coutinho took the club by surprise by asking to make the move and it would have made a difficult transfer window look worse.

Manager Jurgen Klopp was struggling to secure deals to bring Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk and RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita to Anfield at that point and did not need lose his star player.

The club are reported to be softening their stance over letting him leave and it is widely believed that he will be allowed to head to Spain at the end of the season – provided an acceptable offer is lodged by Barcelona.

But allowing him to move in the new year makes little sense given the upcoming Champions League first knockout round against FC Porto in February – although Coutinho is said to be happy to move despite being potentially cup-tied for the competition.

Reds looking at Atletico defender


Liverpool are interested in signing Atletico Madrid defender Sime Vrsaljko.

That’s according to an article by the Metro, who are reporting that Diego Simeone has admitted that the Spanish club could let him move on.

Manager Jurgen Klopp is keen to bring in a new centre-back in January, but could leave it until the end of the season in order to get the right player in to his squad.

Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk remains the number one target for the German, but the lingering interest from rivals Manchester City is likely to push up the price for the Holland international.

The Dutchman is said to still be interested in making the move north to Anfield, but a bid from The Etihad could see his head turned thanks to the lure of playing in Pep Guardiola’s impressive side.

Vrsaljko, who is primarily a right-back, has struggled to hold down a regular spot in Simeone’s team and could well be tempted to call it quits and try his luck elsewhere.

Signing the Croatia international would allow Klopp to free up current right-back Joe Gomez from that role to allow the England under-21 international to move across to the centre of the defence.

And former Argentina international Simeone has indicated that he could allow the twenty-two year old to leave the La Liga club – if the right bid is received.

“Sime is a big player and all big players have a value.” he said.

“We are happy when other clubs look at our players, this is normal and it is positive for us.” he added.

It seems unlikely that Klopp will make such a compromise and will continue in his quest to bring Van Dijk to Merseyside.