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Liverpool transfer news LIVE: Thiago Alcantara, Kylian Mbappe, Omar Colley, Georginio Wijnaldum

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Liverpool are still active in the transfer window and remain keen to add new signings. The Thiago Alcantara saga continues with a number of pieces still waiting to fall into place. Arturo Vidal leaving Barcelona for Inter Milan could be one, which will free up Gini Wijnaldum to join Ronald Koeman at the Nou Camp.

But Wijnaldum could be set to reverse his desire to leave Anfield and choose to remain at the club if fresh reports are to be believed, with the Dutch midfielder set to decide where his future lies in the coming weeks.

Regardless, Jurgen Klopp is determined to add a new midfielder to his squad and Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago leads the race to move to Merseyside. The Reds may look to strengthen their squad elsewhere too, with back-ups such as Omar Colley likely to present a good opportunity.

Here are the latest stories surrounding Anfield as the Reds look to build on last season’s success.

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ALISSON LINK TO PITALUGA MOVE

Alisson Becker’s brother, Muriel, says the Liverpool goalkeeper “must have contributed” to the move of Marcelo Pitaluga from Fluminense.

Muriel is the first choice keeper at Fluminense and has a good working relationship with Pitaluga. 

He told the Brazilian media: “I believe Alisson must have contributed with what he saw. Pitaluga is there on his merits. Liverpool had been watching him for a long time.

“We know closely the potential he has, the great goalkeeper he is and, even more, what he will achieve. In addition to the four lines, he’s an excellent boy, from a good family, down to earth, he’s not dazzled, he works hard.

“I’m sure he’ll make history in football. We got very happy with that. I’m also happy that he will be a teammate of Alisson, who will be able to help, accompany him.”

Michael Jones16 September 2020 16:12

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MORE SIGNINGS ‘IDEAL’ FOR KLOPP

Jurgen Klopp would “ideally” like to add a couple more signings to his squad before the end of the transfer window according to the Athletic.

So far the Reds have brought in left-back Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos after allowing Deja Lovren to depart for Zenit St Petersburg for a similar price. 

The Reds remain strongly linked with a move for the Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, while Watford wide man Ismaila Sarr is also said to be on their radar.

Klopp works closely with Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards and FSG president Mike Gordon, and no first-team transfer will be completed without all three men agreeing on all details of the deal.

Which is one of the reasons Liverpool have been ‘thrifty’ in the transfer market compared to clubs like Chelsea. 

Michael Jones16 September 2020 15:35

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Chris Wilder has confirmed Sheffield United’s interest in Arsenal U23 striker Folarin Balogun. How will this affect Rhian Brewster’s rumoured move to the Blades? 

Michael Jones16 September 2020 14:48

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BIELSA BLOCKED WILSON MOVE

According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Leeds had begun to negotiate with Liverpool over the signing of midfielder Harry Wilson before Leeds manager, Marcelo Bielsa decided to scrap the deal. 

He said on Ask Ornstein: “Liverpool will hope to move on a number players round the fringes in the coming weeks.

One of them is Harry Wilson. We know that Leeds United had started working on a deal for him much earlier in the summer.

That didn’t develop I think because Marcelo Bielsa decided that Wilson wasn’t the right player for him.”

Wilson isn’t part of Jurgen Klopp’s future plans and the Reds boss is keen to move him on from Anfield, with interest out there from Fulham, Newcastle and Southampton. 

Michael Jones16 September 2020 14:18

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TSIMIKAS BACK IN TRAINING

Greek left-back Kostas Tsimikas has been pictured in Liverpool training today. He reportedly had a positive COVID-19 test while away on international duty.

Kostas Tsimikas back in training for Liverpool (Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Michael Jones16 September 2020 13:51

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KLOPP OPEN TO NEW CONTRACT

Jurgen Klopp has hinted that he would be happy to discuss fresh terms on his contract with Liverpool when his current one runs out in 2024.

The 53-year-old was asked about it by Leeroy Matata of Einfach Fussball and he replied: “A lot of people ask me this question. I have never heard someone ask Pep Guardiola about that but his contract ends next year.

“I’ve got four years left which feels like an eternity in football. A lot can happen during this time. I would assume that in four years I will think about whether to renew or not.

 “If I don’t renew, I’ll go on holiday. When I leave Liverpool, I won’t take a new job the next day. That’s for sure. I will take a one-year break after Liverpool.”

If Klopp sees out his current contract and then chooses not to renew he will have been at Liverpool for nine years. Which is two years longer than his stints at Mainz and Borussia Dortmund. 

Never say never on Klopp staying at Liverpool though. 

Michael Jones16 September 2020 13:21

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‘GINI WON’T SUIT BARCA’

That’s the opinion of Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu who believes Gini Wijnaldum’s style of play would not fit in at Barcelona.

The Spaniard told Inside Futbol: “For me, Wijnaldum does not have a Barcelona style. But Thiago Alcantara is one of the best midfielders in Europe today.”

Michael Jones16 September 2020 13:07

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KLOPP ON BREWSTER

Jurgen Klopp has spoken about the possibility of Rhian Brewster leaving the club. Have a watch below: 

Michael Jones16 September 2020 12:54

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BAYERN HAVE REPLACEMENT FOR ALCANTARA

Whenever Thiago Alcantara is mentioned, Liverpool fans get a little twitchy. This time Sport Bild reports that Bayern Munich believe Corentin Tolisso is a natural successor to Thiago.

That means the German side would not need to acquire another midfielder in the transfer window and can sit on Thiago until another club is willing to pay the asking price. 

That is currently €30 million which Liverpool are not willing to pay. 

It’s claimed that the Premier League winners have contacted Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić through an intermediary about the transfer but the Liverpool ECHO understands that Thiago is not an active target for the Reds at this stage.

Michael Jones16 September 2020 12:06

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ORIGI ON HIS WAY OUT?

The Sun is reporting that Divock Origi could leave Liverpool if a bid comes in close to the £14 million that the Reds are demanding for the striker.

Interest in Origi has come in from multiple clubs including Newcastle, but after they signed Callum Wilson that interest may have cooled. 

Turkish journalist Ekrem Konur says that Fenerbahce are leading the race for Origi and are already in talks with the club over a deal. 

Fenerbahce want the striker on loan but Liverpool are pushing for the deal to include a mandatory obligation to buy clause. The 25-year-old is under contract until 2024 but could go for as little as £14million, reports Konur.

If Origi were to leave then Takumi Minamino appears to be the only senior replacement for Robert Firmino, Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane.

Michael Jones16 September 2020 10:59

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