Liverpool in contact to sign £30m 'monster' who's like Declan Rice


August was a funny time for those of a Liverpool persuasion. A tumultuous year had sunk Jurgen Klopp's side into the abyss after a deterioration of trademark cohesion and intensity had resulted in a fifth-placed Premier League finish.

But that was in the past, and the midfield of old had been thrown into the skip, replaced by exciting new signings Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai.

But August came along and the riches of Saudi Arabia swooped in for experienced midfielders Jordan Henderson and Fabinho; in hindsight, the declining pair probably should have been sold given their woes last year, but replacements were paramount.

Romeo Lavia had been identified as the solution but after multiple rejected bids and ostensible dilly-dallying, a seemingly certain acquisition looked decidedly less so, and when Liverpool failed to convince Moises Caicedo to abandon his quest of joining Chelsea, the unthinkable happened.

The Ecuadorian opted to join Stamford Bridge despite Liverpool presenting a British-record offer, with the Reds' decision to pause their pursuit of Lavia convincing the prodigious teenager to move to Chelsea too.

Wataru Endo, aged 30, was signed as a stop-gap option for £16m, but he's definitely not viewed as a starring and central member of Klopp's best starting lineup.

August was indeed a rocky month on the transfer front for Liverpool, especially since Andre also refused Liverpool in favour of remaining in his homeland with Fluminense and aiding them in their Copa Libertadores journey (which has now paid off handsomely).

That could now change though, with the Anfield side believed to be returning for the talented Brazilian midfielder ahead of the January transfer window.

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