Liverpool transfer news as Jürgen Klopp 'loves' Real Madrid star amid Juventus free agent race


Liverpool will already know what its priority is for January and then the summer when it comes to incoming transfers. The main determinants, aside from the positions, will be availability.

If the right player is there to be purchased then Liverpool will make a move. The question really is who the right players are during the upcoming windows, with holding midfield and center-back obvious places to make upgrades, and how much of a cost those potential signings might incur.

During the previous transfer window, there was a dearth of options in both of those areas, which led Liverpool to offer a then-British-record sum for Moisés Caicedo and then not sign a defender at all. In the future, though, those needs will remain.

But there is also a potential need coming up — maybe not immediately, but at some point in the next few seasons — to find a replacement for Mohamed Salah. Ideally that can be pushed back a while yet, but the Reds will need to be eyeing up potential options for when the time does come.

Here is the Liverpool.com verdict on the transfer gossip to emerge around the Reds today. Two forwards are being linked and both would be interesting additions should either end up happening.

Rodrygo (Real Madrid)
Spanish journalist Eduardo Inda has told Diario Madridista that Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp 'loves' Real Madrid attacker Rodrygo. In fact, he would be very keen on signing the Brazilian in place of Salah, should the Egyptian end up leaving.

“Klopp, in addition to being a great coach, likes good players," Inda said. "He likes a Real Madrid player that the leadership loves, but who could leave if Kylian Mbappé arrives in the summer.

Nico Williams (Athletic Club)
Aston Villa made a move to sign Athletic Club forward Nico Williams during the summer but has now been joined in the race for the potential free agent in 2024 by Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs. That is according to 90Min.

Williams, who turned 21 over the summer, is out of contract at the end of the season as things stand, with several big clubs keeping an eye on the situation. He has already played nearly 100 senior club games and has played for the Spanish national team 10 times.

Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Juventus are also said to be keeping tabs on the situation. But it is possible that Williams could still pen an extension and reject the advances of those big sides.

"We feel calm," Athletic Club president John Uriarte said recently. "We think he's going to extend and stay with us; this will happen. We want an attractive project; feeling sure that Nico Williams will be part of that for many years to come."

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