Jurgen Klopp still keen to sign an attacking midfielder
Despite a positive campaign last season, Jurgen Klopp is keen to make new signings this summer in order to strengthen the squad for next season. Liverpool Chairman Tom Werner admitted that the manager will be given transfer funds to add reinforcements in the transfer window.
The Reds have already completed the signing of Fabinho from Monaco and RB Leipzig’s midfielder Naby Keita will join them this month. But the club are still looking for more players in order to strengthen the squad for next season.
Klopp is looking to find a long term replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who left left them to join Barcelona in the January transfer window. He was very close to complete the signing of Lyon star Nabil Fekir but the deal collapsed as he is set to stay with the French club.
His other targets include Thomas Lemar, who has agreed to join Atlectico Madrid and Manuel Lanzini is still injured. Having suffered setback, the German coach and his recruitment team have taken a step back to assess their options.
The Premier League giants have shown interest in Ajax star Hakim Ziyech, whose reputation has grown considerably during the past season.
The 25 year old joined the Dutch giants in 2016, signing a 5 year contract. He was a regular for the club last term, scoring 9 goals and assisting 18 in 39 games.
The Morocco International claimed last month that he is ready to move on after 2 years in Netherland.
“I need a new challenge,” he said last month. “At some point, it’s time to go. Of course, I wasn’t at by best sometimes, but I feel that I need (something to) click by changing my environment.
“When I arrived here, I said I wanted to continue to grow for two years. I also discussed with Marc (Overmars, the Ajax sports director) if everything is good for Ajax and for me, then I do not see why it would not happen.”
Though Liverpool’s pursuit of Ziyech has been complicated by four clubs declaring an interest in him, reports Metro. Benfica, Roma, Lyon and Borrussia Dortmund are all monitoring him, who has a €20 million release clause.
He is currently at the World Cup with Morocco and is likely to play a central role to the Atlas Lions’ hopes of progressing from a group including Portugal, Spain and Iran.