Three big-name targets Liverpool could go for in the January window
Liverpool significantly strengthened their squad in the summer, with Jurgen Klopp making a number of additions in key areas. The likes of Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri, Naby Keita and Alisson Becker have all joined last season’s Champions League runners-up. Hence, it goes without saying that Klopp enjoyed a fruitful transfer window, acquiring almost all of his targets.
But the Reds failed to land a creative attacking midfielder and should go for one when the window opens again in January. Klopp must aim to strengthen his squad further, which could provide him with the depth required to land the title.
Here, we take a look at three players the manager could go for when the window reopens in January.
Nabil Fekir (Lyon)
Liverpool stunningly failed to complete a move for Lyon’s captain, after demanding a lowered fee due to a medical issue (h/t Sky Sports). But the Reds should go back of their man in January. If Fekir is truly determined to join the club, there’s nothing that can stop him. And Liverpool must not give up after Virgil van Dijk’s sensational move earlier in January.
The midfielder is not a like-for-like replacement for Philippe Coutinho but he possesses all the qualities required to flourish in Klopp’s intense system of football. Blessed with immense creativity and vision in the middle of the park, Fekir is generally deployed as a central attacking midfielder.
Considering his skills, Fekir is capable of troubling opposition defenders to a great extent. He would be an excellent signing for the Reds and provide them with a cutting edge in the midfield. Hence, Klopp should certainly return for the midfielder in January.
Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)
Despite Dejan Lovren’s recent surge in form, Klopp should still go in for another top-class centre-back. Joel Matip has proven to be somewhat injury-prone so far, leaving the manager with just Ragnar Klavan and Joe Gomes as options. In comparison, Kalidou Koulibaly is a commander in the box and often utilizes his authoritative presence to assert his dominance on the field.
Liverpool were interested in signing the tough-tackling midfielder last summer, but the move clearly did not materialize.
The Senegalese ace was immensely impressive for his country at the recent World Cup in Russia. He is a rock at the back and would be the perfect man to partner Virgil van Dijk in the heart of the defence.
The centre-back certainly won’t come cheap but Liverpool must splash the cash to sign Koulibaly in January.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
The £62m youngster was heavily linked with Liverpool in recent times but the Reds must make a solid attempt to sign him in January. After all, Pulisic is a talented and versatile attacker who possesses the cutting edge required to thrive in Klopp’s squad. The American powerhouse can also play a number of roles across different systems.
He is an accurate passer and can unlock the toughest of defences with his creativity and flair on the ball. The likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane will certainly flourish off his supply in the final third.
Thus, Klopp should return for the talented youngster in January. He will be an expensive option, but one that could prove fruitful in the long run.