Liverpool v Man City: Match in pictures
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Liverpool had a fairly quiet summer transfer window. They signed Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig for £36million and used the rest of their time to negotiate contract renewals with some of their top players. But attention at Anfield has now turned to the January window.
Reds manager Jurgen Klopp is believed to be keen on bringing in a forward soon to provide competition in the front line and some much-needed depth.
His squad will be tested in the first month of 2022 when Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will be away on international duty at the African Cup of Nations, which has led many to believe that the club will struggle to find the back of the net in their absences.
Klopp will have Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota, Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino to pick his front three from, and the latter two have three minutes of Premier League football between them.
It is believed that the club have highlighted several forwards that they are interested in signing, including Wolves’ Adama Traore, but could prioritise one of Europe’s brightest prospects.
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According to several reports, Liverpool are interested in signing the highly sought-after Karim Adeyemi from RB Salzburg.
The German forward has set the Austrian Bundesliga alight this season with eight goals in 10 games, and he has been just as impressive on the European stage, scoring three goals in four Champions League appearances.
The good form of the 19-year-old has caught the interest of some top clubs around Europe, including Bayern Munich and Barcelona, but if Liverpool can persuade the forward to join them in Merseyside then it could be a very smart piece of recruitment.
The usual three members of Liverpool’s frontline, Salah, Mane and Firmino, have contracts that expire in 2023 and it is uncertain whether the trio will remain past that point.
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Signing Adeyemi could prove a great coup by the Reds that will them a bright prospect to mould into the centre forward that they need.
Sky transfer expert Marc Behrenbeck spoke of how the versatile striker, who can also play on the wing, will attract a fee of approximately £34m.
He said: “He will definitely leave Salzburg next summer. 30 to 40 million euros are to be generated.
“We know that all three top clubs from Germany – Bayern, Dortmund and Leipzig – have spoken to the Adeyemi side. There were concrete discussions in which figures were also exchanged,
“There are also requests from England. Liverpool recently asked again. Poker is open. It is also clear that Adeyemi’s career plan is to take the next step in the Bundesliga. For him, that makes the most sense – a little more connected to home before he possibly goes abroad again.”
The news that Adeyemi is more inclined to accept a move to his home country will disappoint Klopp, but it certainly won’t deter him.
For just under £35m, bringing the forward to the English top-flight will see his price skyrocket and it is not a fee beyond the club’s means.
According to transfermarkt, Erling Haaland, who also played for Salzburg but joined Borussia Dortmund last year, was worth £40.5m before his move to the Bundesliga, and now that he has continued to improve in Germany he is worth £135m. Therefore, if Liverpool put all their eggs in one basket and prioritised signing Adeyemi then they could reap the benefits within a matter of seasons.
It remains to be seen whether Liverpool can persuade the striker to come to Anfield, and if so, whether Adeyemi lives up to his potential and in turn sees his value soar.
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