Liverpool entered the 2022/23 campaign on the back of heartbreak as they lost out on both the Champions League and Premier League on the last day of each competition.
Having began the season with high expectations, nothing seemed to go as planned as the club flamed out of the Champions League in the round of 16 to Real Madrid and found themselves finishing fifth in the Premier League en route to missing out on the Champions League for the first time since the 2015-2016 season.
Klopp’s club entered the transfer window with a clear emphasis on bolstering their midfield, particularly considering the confirmed departures of James Milner, Fabio Carvalho, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, as well as the exit of Jordan Henderson.
The club has been proactive in pursuing this objective, and still may not be done yet in the market.
Here are the latest news and transfer updates around Anfield:
Mohamed Salah has emerged as a target for Saudi Arabian champions Al Ittihad as the Middle Eastern league continues to flex its financial muscles after significant backing from the country’s Public Investment Fund. Liverpool are expected to reject any offer for their star Egyptian forward, even with reports that a world record fee could be tabled for Salah.
“There’s nothing there. If there was something the answer would be no [he’s not for sale],” Jurgen Klopp said of the rumours connecting Salah with a move. “I think about a problem when I have it but there is absolutely nothing at the moment. If there’s something coming I don’t know, then I’d have to think about it. But if something comes, it would be no.
“Mo is 100% committed to Liverpool Football Club.”
Kalvin Phillips has reportedly emerged as a surprise target for Liverpool, with the Manchester City midfielder potentially seeking pastures new after a mixed first season at the Etihad Stadium. Talksport say that Phillips was a player considered by Jurgen Klopp’s side while at Leeds, and while Manchester City might be reluctant to sell to a potential rival, the England international could yet make a move.
Versatile midfielder Ryan Gravenberch has been linked with both Liverpool and Manchester United. The Liverpool ECHO suggest that the Anfield club have reignited their interest in the Dutchman after missing out on other midfield targets, including Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia.
Liverpool were heavily connected with Fluminense midfielder Andre earlier in the summer, but the now appears set to stay with the Brazilian club who are in the midst of their domestic season. It may be that Andre is revisited as a target in January.
After his stellar performance at the World Cup in December last year, Sofyan Amrabat attracted interest from a host of top European clubs. This summer could now be the time that the Fiorentina midfielder makes his move with Liverpool one of the clubs keen to negotiate a deal for the Moroccan international.
Manchester United are also interested in Amrabat, who was left out of Fiorentina’s squad for the Europa Conference League play-off first leg against Rapid Vienna.