Liverpool transfer news as Jürgen Klopp 'will wait' for André alternative amid $86m Arsenal race

Liverpool once again proved the rude health of its squad with a resounding victory over Chelsea. It's unclear how much longer the Blues will warrant the 'big-six rival' tag, but after seven successive draws, Jürgen Klopp will be hugely satisfied with the win.

In particular, the midfield battle was telling. In fact, it was more of a massacre, as Alexis Mac Allister dominated former teammate Moisés Caicedo, whom Liverpool had infamously tried to sign as well in the summer. Enzo Fernández, the previous holder of the British transfer record, was even more abject than his Chelsea colleague.

Between Mac Allister, Curtis Jones and Dominik Szoboszlai, with the likes of Harvey Elliott and Ryan Gravenberch in reserve, it's not clear at all that Liverpool even needs to dip back into the transfer market. That decision will ultimately lie with Klopp's successor now, barring any unexpected deadline day drama.

If there is one role that Liverpool could still look to fill, it is at the base of midfield. Mac Allister wears the number 10, and has shown just how effective he can be higher up the pitch — it would take a brave man to move him, in truth, but that seems to be the only engine room recruitment that looks at all plausible in the near future.

André was linked for that deep role last summer. Klopp has opted not to return to that plan in January, but a couple of other options are on the radar, and this time FSG could be prepared to wait. Here is the verdict on the transfer gossip to emerge around the Reds today.

Éderson (Atalanta)
Liverpool is among the teams interested in Atalanta's Éderson, according to Goal Brasil. The Brazilian can feature at the base of the midfield, although he is naturally a box-to-box kind of player.

Atalanta, which is having a good season in Serie A, was not prepared to listen to any offers in January. But suitors including Liverpool are prepared to wait until the summer — a contrast to compatriot André, whom Klopp seemingly walked away from when Fluminense would not entertain bids last summer. Strangely, he still hasn't moved anywhere as the winter window draws to a close.

When it comes to Éderson, there is a lot of competition. Liverpool may need to fight off domestic rivals Manchester United, Arsenal and Newcastle, while PSG has also taken an interest. So far, all have made inquiries rather than proposals, in the knowledge that bids may need to wait until the summer.

Hugo Larsson (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Sticking with the midfield theme, Hugo Larsson has been making waves in the Bundesliga at just 19 years old. BILD claims both Arsenal and Liverpool would be keen to take him to the Premier League.

A valuation of $86m (£68m/€80m) could put a dampener on those ambitions. But the teenager has already been capped multiple times for Sweden, and Frankfurt can feel justified in holding its ground.

Larsson only arrived from Malmö last summer, costing the German side $10m (£8m/€9m). Much like Éderson, he can play as a defensive midfielder, but typically features a little higher up.


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