Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will be given a sizeable transfer budget to work with this summer as he looks to revive the Reds squad for the 2023/24 campaign.
The combined departures of James Milner, Roberto Firmino, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita will leave gaps to be filled, alongside reinforcements elsewhere for Klopp.
Liverpool have fallen short in their top-four challenge, with Klopp facing a battle to secure key signings without the allure of Champions League football at Anfield.
However, the German boss remains positive over the situation and he is likely to target players currently in the Premier League.
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Lavia on Liverpool radar?
Southampton midfield youngster Romeo Lavia looks set to be a wanted man this summer, with Liverpool and Chelsea – but not his former club Manchester City (who have a buyback clause) reportedly in the running.
The Times claim Liverpool have been monitoring the 19-year-old who is valued at around £40million and has been one of a few shining lights in a desperately poor season at St Mary’s.
Klopp ready to Chelsea for Mount
Klopp has already confirmed Liverpool will not be pursuing long-standing target Jude Bellingham this summer due to an escalating bidding war with Borussia Dortmund.
That is likely to persuade Klopp to look closer to home for midfield upgrades, with Chelsea’s Mason Mount a slightly surprising target, but Liverpool are keen on the England star.
Mount has established himself as a fans favourite at boyhood club Chelsea, rising through through club’s youth ranks to become a first-team regular.
However, the 24-year-old is unsettled by the lack of clarity over who Chelsea’s new manager will be and he is currently unwilling to commit to a rumoured seven-year contract on offer at Stamford Bridge.
Reports from local outlet the Liverpool Echo claim Liverpool are working on a potential £45m/$56m deal but The Athletic’s transfer expert David Ornstein has hinted Arsenal will challenge for him.
World Cup star wanted at Anfield
Klopp’s other midfield target is Brighton & Hove Albion’s 2022 World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister on the back of an impressive 12 months for the Argentinian.
The nominees for the 2022/23 Premier League Young Player of the season:
◉ Erling Haaland
◉ Gabriel Martinelli
◉ Bukayo Saka
◉ Martin Odegaard
◉ Sven Botman
◉ Alexander Isak
◉ Alexis Mac Allister
◉ Moises Caicedo
— Squawka (@Squawka) May 18, 2023
Despite Brighton finishing the campaign narrowly behind Liverpool and both sides qualifying for Europe, Mac Allister has not hidden his desire to play at a more prestigious club.
Brighton have a reputation for developing Premier League talent and securing a maximum transfer fee since their arrival in the top flight.
Chairman Tony Bloom hinted at transfer interest already beginning in Mac Allister but he is ready to play the long game over the 24-year-old’s future.
“We know there’s going to be a lot of clubs, not just in this country, but around Europe, that are going want him to play for them,” he said. “But, at the moment he’s wearing blue and white stripes and I’m delighted about that.”
Bloom is open to selling Mac Allister as he looks to retain Mosies Caicedo and Evan Ferguson at the AMEX Stadium, and he could push for a £42m/$48m fee, with transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claiming Liverpool want the deal completed by early June.
Liverpool want to resolve final details of Alexis Mac Allister deal as soon as possible to avoid competition; full agreement on personal terms is really close. 🔴🇦🇷 #LFC
Plan is to leave #BHAFC early in the window, been told the move could be done and sealed in June. pic.twitter.com/Dlukbsn5Ey
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 21, 2023
Van Dijk’s ‘successor’ highlighted
Defensive lynchpin Virgil van Dijk has been a key voice in claiming how Liverpool can still attract top talent to Anfield despite their low-key showing in 2022/23.
The Dutch international remains a first-choice pick for Klopp, but his centre-back partner has rotated, with Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate fighting it out.
Joe Gomez appears to have slipped further down the pecking order, and with Matip not a long-term solution, Klopp needs another option alongside the developing Konate.
Reports from the Daily Mail claim Liverpool have joined Chelsea and Arsenal in tracking Crystal Palace defender Marc Guehi.
Most tackles made in the following areas of the pitch in Europe’s top five leagues this season:
◉ Own box – Marc Guéhi (16)
◉ Def ⅓ – Andrei Girotto (60)
◉ Mid ⅓ – Tom Krauß (50)
◉ Final ⅓ – João Palhinha (22)
◉ Opposition box – Alexandre Lacazette (4) https://t.co/zL327skIhZ
— Squawka (@Squawka) March 22, 2023
The England international has been calmly effective in the Eagles backline this season, but a rumoured £50m/$57.5m asking price could be an issue unless Klopp can offload some squad players.
Liverpool transfer rumours and reports
Midfield is a key area in need of revamping for Klopp, despite the calls to shuffle Trent Alexander-Arnold into the engine room, with Milner and Firmino’s combined experience also a key loss.
Klopp has consistently looked to present Liverpool as the perfect setting for players to take the next step and he will be looking to continue that pattern in 2023.
|Mason Mount||MID||24||Chelsea||ENG||£45m/$56m||Liverpool Echo|
|Alexis Mac Allister||MID||24||Brighton & Hove Albion||ARG||£42m/$48m||Multiple|
|Marc Guehi||DEF||22||Crystal Palace||ENG||£30m/$37m||Daily Mail|
|Harvey Barnes||FOR||25||Leicester City||ENG||£25m/$32m||Multiple|
|Romeo Lavia||MID||19||Southampton||BEL||£40m/$50m||The Times|
Liverpool squad 2023/24
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