Friday 24 November 2017

Liverpool target five players as Jurgen Klopp begins summer recruitment

Naby Keita (left), Timo Werner (centre) and Ryan Sessegnon (right).
Naby Keita (left), Timo Werner (centre) and Ryan Sessegnon (right).

Miguel Delaney

Liverpool are confident they will strike a deal for Fulham’s highly-rated Ryan Sessegnon, initiating a busy summer where Jürgen Klopp wants to bring in five new signings to bolster the squad for a campaign involving competition on four fronts.

The German also hopes to sign both Timo Werner and Naby Keita from Red Bull Leipzig and Andrew Robertson from Hull City, as he seeks to sign at least one left-back, a forward, a central midfielder and a centre-half.

Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk has been the main target for central defence but, although Liverpool are still pursuing the Dutch international, it is currently felt by those close to him that Chelsea are his likeliest destination.

Conscious of how Liverpool’s early-season title challenge faded, as well as how they will face an even bigger fixture list next season in either the Champions League or Europa League, Klopp wants to add more options - especially at left-back.

That area has been a problem position for the side for a long time and precedes the current manager, but the club feel they can finally solve it with the signing of £15m Sessegnon, despite competition from Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City. Given he is just 16 years old, however, Liverpool are also looking to bring in Robertson of Hull City - a deal that should be even easier to strike now that Marco Silva’s side have been relegated to the Championship.

A raid on Bundesliga revelations Red Bull Leipzig is also expected, with Klopp keen on 21-year-old forward Werner and 22-year-old midfielder Keita.

Werner has scored 21 goals in 31 games this season, and offers another source of goals up front, with the club expected to sell Daniel Sturridge.

(© Independent News Service)

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