Liverpool advanced to the FA Cup fourth round despite an early scare from Shrewsbury Town, as goals from Kaide Gordon, Roberto Firmino and a brace from Fabinho helped the Reds to a 4-1 victory on Sunday.
It was a routine win at Anfield but it was an unheard of sight as Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita were all out as the Africa Cup of Nations has now started in Cameroon.
Their departures have left Liverpool light in both midfield and attack, and following injuries to backup options Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi, their options are even more limited.
With Liverpool also trailing Manchester City by 11 points in the Premier League, they may have to turn to the transfer market if they want to pursue Pep Guardiola’s side, although no deal has materialized so far. ‘now.
Ibrahima Konate was Jurgen Klopp’s only summer signing who has teased fans that this January could be a busier month, and with director Michael Edwards leaving at the end of the season, he has one last window to leave his mark.
Right here Soccer Mirror brings you all the latest surrounding transfers in Liverpool.
Bissouma asking price
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Liverpool are among a host of Premier League clubs keen to sign Yves Bissouma from Brighton, and the Seagulls have named their price if anyone seeks his services.
According to AthleticismLiverpool or any other team will have to pay £50m for the Mali midfielder, who remains a serious target for the Reds.
Bissouma has impressed since signing for Brighton in 2018, and his recent display against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge has only increased interest in the 25-year-old.
Brighton reiterated that they were under no pressure to sell the midfielder and would only consider a deal if a club met his valuation.
Origi could stay
Divock Origi has looked set to leave Liverpool for some time now but Klopp could offer the Belgian a new deal after a quick change of heart.
Origi’s contract expires next summer and the initial conundrum was whether to sell the star in January or allow him to leave for free at the end of the season, but Klopp has reportedly said Liverpool will block any approaches he they would receive this month.
In another potential turn of events, a new deal has not been ruled out, and due to Origi’s influence this season following huge moments at Anfield, Klopp could decide to offer the Belgian an extension.
Serie A and Bundesliga clubs are said to have made moves for Origi this month, and Newcastle were also interested, but it looks at least for now that his future remains at Anfield.
Kelleher said go
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Caoimhin Kelleher has been a fairly regular starter for Liverpool over the past few weeks, due to Alisson Becker’s absence via Covid.
The young goalkeeper is highly rated at Liverpool, and his impressive performance in their 2-2 draw against Chelsea proved the 23-year-old could be the real deal in years to come.
Despite Liverpool remaining in all competitions, fellow countryman and former Premier League ace Shay Given advised Kelleher to go on loan to benefit his career.
given said First sports“Even from Liverpool’s point of view, they have to play him, give him that experience and then bring him back and challenge Alisson.
“If it was me I would knock on Klopp’s door, I really would. I would say I have to be on loan, go play. January is the time to do it, I will be on my agent and my manager to make me play games.
“I think for all parties involved the best thing would be to go on loan. I think he’s good enough to play in the first team, he’s a very good goalkeeper. I think he wants show it to people.”