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The January transfer window has passed the midpoint and Liverpool look set to do some serious business over the next few weeks.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have found themselves behind the pace set by Premier League leaders Manchester City and must fight back.
Their season has been heavily impacted by Covid and now stars Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have left for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Liverpool are expected to come through this winter to accommodate this while several players could also be leaving Anfield.
talkSPORT.com brings you all the latest transfer news and gossip from the Merseyside red half.
Liverpool are vying with West Ham in the race to sign the teenager this month, but Fulham are refusing to sell according to the Sun.
The Reds are keen to sign highly rated winger Carvalho, 18, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
But Fulham are determined to keep their prized asset as they continue their promotion campaign, even if it means losing it for free this summer.
Liverpool have identified the West Ham winger as a long-term target, with reports the Reds are ‘watching’ the ace ahead of a potential summer move.
It is claimed the Reds are unlikely to make any signings in the January transfer window, but the Merseyside outfit are already starting to make plans for the summer.
Athletic report club bosses are aware that their key players are all aging together – Salah and Mane will be 30 this year, while Firmino will be 31 – and they want to refresh their squad on a regular basis.
Liverpool chiefs want to sign a young player who could have a similar impact to Diogo Jota after his £45million arrival from Wolves last summer, and it is claimed Bowen has been identified as a priority target to give to their front line a new injection of youth. .
Liverpool are preparing to make a move for Jules Kounde, according to El Nacional.
The Sevilla defender is attracting considerable interest with clubs such as Chelsea and Real Madrid chasing the 23-year-old’s signature.
Kounde has a £75million release clause in his contract, and according to reports, Jurgen Klopp’s side could be ready to trigger his release from his contract.
Liverpool are reportedly close to agreeing a deal for Porto star Luis Diaz, who is believed to be worth £60million.
The Sun reports that Diaz is set to move to Anfield as the club’s eye cover for Salah and Mane.
Klopp was impressed with the winger in both Champions League group stage matches against the Portuguese giants.
The Sun add that Klopp would have preferred to wait until the summer to bring in Diaz but had to push through with the deal due to the impacts of AFCON and the Covid pandemic.
The Colombia international is said to have a £67million release clause, but Liverpool believe they will get him for slightly less.
Neco Williams and Nathaniel Phillips
Liverpool could allow Neco Williams and Nathaniel Phillips to leave the club this month.
Sky Sports claim both players are looking to make moves in January to earn more playing time.
Williams is aware of his place in the Wales squad as they strive to reach the World Cup at the end of the year.
Liverpool are said to be in favor of Williams’ request but will only let him go if a good offer arrives.
Meanwhile, Phillips is attracting a lot of interest from Serie A clubs who have reportedly contacted Liverpool over his availability.
Lazio have reportedly opened talks with Liverpool for Belgian striker Divock Origi.
LazioNews24 claim that Lazio sporting director Igli Tare has held talks with the Reds in recent days over a possible deal.
The Reds are ready to sell the 26-year-old to avoid risking losing him on a free transfer in June.
Lazio coach Maurizio Sarri is keen to add Origi’s flexibility to his ranks.
But it is said that Lazio need to sell some players first to raise funds and make room on their wage bill.
Leeds have reportedly ruled out selling wanted star Raphinha in January.
Liverpool have been heavily linked with a move for Raphinha in recent weeks.
According to The Mirror, Leeds director of football Victor Orta is eager to keep him and has held several meetings with the player’s agent Deco over his tenure extension.
Liverpool and Bayern Munich are among the clubs monitoring the winger’s situation.
Reds interested in Fabio Carvalho and ‘oversight’ Jarrod Bowen ahead of possible summer change, Jules Kounde last, Luis Diaz concluded, Raphinha last, two defenders could leave
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