Liverpool transfer round-up: Reds suffer blow in race for ‘new Kai Havertz’

Liverpool may not have been involved in the Premier League Boxing Day bonanza, Jurgen Klopp’s side are still expected to be very prevalent during the January transfer window

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While their fiercest rivals for the Premier League only just emerged from the Boxing Day bonanza unscathed, Liverpool merrily watched on from their sofas.

Jurgen Klopp’s men saw their Anfield clash against Leeds United postponed amid another huge rise in Coronavirus cases.

While the German boss and his players may have breathed a huge sigh of relief at the time, they will be bracing themselves for when their backlog of fixtures comes back to haunt them.

Chelsea’s 3-1 away victory against Aston Villa saw Thomas Tuchel’s side move level on points with the Reds, who have a game in hand on the Blues.

However, with the January transfer window on the horizon, Mirror Football considers three of the latest transfer rumours to emanate around Klopp’s side.

United “have edge” in Wirtz race

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Wirtz’s performances for Bayer Leverkusen are attracting plenty of interest

Manchester United are confident they can pip Liverpool and other European giants to the signature of Bayer Leverkusen wonderkid Florian Wirtz, according to reports.

The 18-year-old has burst onto the scene with a sensational five goals and eight assists in 15 Bundesliga matches this season.

He has regularly been regarded as ‘the new Kai Havertz’ for his dynamic performances and prodigal finishing for Gerard Seoane’s side this season.

Just as Havertz did before he signed for Chelsea for £71m in the summer of 2020, Flirtz is garnering the attention of Europe’s elite.

However, reports from the Daily Star understand United believe they have the edge over Liverpool when it comes to signing him, as they believe Ralf Rangnick could be a huge draw for the young teenager.

Despite his youthful inexperience, Wirtz is already believed to be valued at around £70m by Leverkusen.

Neco Williams “ready” to be sold

Regular appearances have been hard to come by for Williams

Liverpool may consider selling young full-back Neco Williams, as they feel youngster Conor Bradley would be ready to replace the Welshman.

The young-full back has only made one Premier League appearance all season, having been stuck behind the excellent Trent Alexander-Arnold in the pecking order.

While Williams is highly rated by Klopp, the brilliance and youthfulness of Alexander-Arnold means he will likely be the main man at Anfield.

And the Athletic believe a mutual parting of ways could soon be on the cards between Williams and the club.

They also claim Williams will likely be looking to get more appearances and experience under his belt instead of sitting on the bench at Liverpool.

It is also understood highly rated youngster Bradley could be an immediate replacement for Williams, as the youngster has impressed in the youth sides.

Liverpool still keen on Danjuma

Danjuma has been on fire since joining Villarreal


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Liverpool have retained an interest in Villarreal winger Arnaut Danjuma.

The Reds were one of the clubs interested in the Dutchman when he was still playing for Bournemouth, but Unai Emery’s side were able to pip them to his signature.

However, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claims Liverpool are still very keen on the 24-year-old who has scored five goals and contributed two assists in 12 La Liga appearances.

Unfortunately, Romano also elaborated, stating that while Liverpool’s interest in Danjuma is still prominent, a January exit from Spain is very unlikely.

“Danjuma will not leave Villarreal in January. Liverpool are among top clubs monitoring him for the future but there are no talks for January – he’s staying,” Romano tweeted.

Danjuma signed for the reigning Europa League holders in the summer for around £21m.

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