Liverpool’s January transfers target: White, Bissouma and Klopp’s wish list names

The Reds could be at the top of the Premier League standings, but could make a move during the winter window to strengthen a team affected by injuries

Wow, that came fast!

It seems that only yesterday the transfer window closed and now it opens again.

January has traditionally been a decent month for Liverpool. They weren’t always the busiest club, but they woke up with gorgeous signatures over the years.

Think of Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, Robbie Fowler’s emotional return to Anfield in 2006, or Virgil van Dijk’s long-awaited arrival three years ago.

Van Dijk, of course, will miss the rest of this season with a knee injury, which, along with Joe Gomez’s similar misfortune, led to calls for champions to sink into the market for a central defender in January 1.

If they do, however, it remains to be seen. Jurgen Klopp’s team, despite the injury problems, has made its way to the top of the Premier League and, even without Van Dijk and without Gomez, it shows a lot the team it has to beat this season – at home and abroad.

Probably Liverpool’s signatures in January

Liverpool could already have a new signature in the building, according to Jurgen Klopp.

“I’ve already made jokes here,” the manager said earlier this month. “I said, ‘We should sign Thiago for January!’ ‘ “

Thiago Alcantara, of course, arrived on Merseyside in September, but has only made three appearances since. He was injured by Richarlison during the draw with Everton in mid-October and only recently returned to the field – against Newcastle on 30 December.

Having Spain’s international available in the New Year will no doubt be a boost for Klopp and his side. Even in the handful of games he played, Thiago displayed the whole class that convinced the Reds to sign him, at the age of 29, from Bayern Munich in the summer. Add him to this team and they will stop.

Elsewhere, the biggest question surrounds the status of central defender.

Plenty urged Klopp to buy in January, including former Reds defender Jamie Carragher.

Liverpool place Ben White, the star of Brighton and England Under-21 and continues to watch her progress, while Schalke’s Ozan Kabak was tied in the summer. progressively Jules Kounde in Seville it was noticed, too Perr Schuurs’ development at Ajax.

Ben White Brighton GFX

But the truth is that any deal for a central defender is more likely to happen in the summer, with sources urging Liverpool to plan a dry January. Remember that the club is recalibrating its plans after the financial blow caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

They managed to do well in the summer, recruiting Thiago, Diogo Jota and Kostas Tsimikas, but failed to unload players such as Harry Wilson, Marko Grujic and Xherdan Shaqiri, who would have raised significant funds.

There have been recent, intriguing connections with another Brighton player Yves Bissouma, which is considered a potential replacement for Gini Wijnaldum, while Bayern Munich whizzkid Jamal Musiala is another that has been mentioned.

Keep an eye on them, although Musiala seems more pleased to sign a new contract at Allianz Arena than does anything else.

Liverpool will probably leave in January

So how about outings? Liverpool have sold well in recent years, drawing good value especially for the team’s players.

The pandemic affected this – although they won a good fee from Sheffield United for striker Rhian Brewster in September – with groups such as Grujic and Wilson, as well as Sheyi Ojo, Ben Woodburn and Loris Karius, all on loan instead of being sold.

The situation around Wijnaldum it remains unclear, but the Dutchman will be free to negotiate with non-English clubs from January 1, and for now there are few signs that the Reds would offer a contract extension.

However, they will not cope with a January sale for the 30-year-old, who remains in full.

Gini Wijnaldum Liverpool GFX

Not the same can be said for Divock Origi , who was left behind by Jota and Takumi Minamino in the knocking order. The wolves have long been fans of the Belgian international and could be on the market for a striker given Raul Jimenez’s head injury.

Shaqiri it was about to leave in the summer, only for the interest of clubs in Italy and Germany to fade as the window drew to a close. The Swiss looked good when he played this season, but, as has happened too much in the last 18 months, he saw his rhythm of injury interrupted. A good offer – plus £ 20 million ($ 27.5 million) – could tempt Liverpool.

Elsewhere, he seems relatively calm, although keep an eye on the young Dutchman Sepp van den Berg, who will probably be on loan, maybe at the Championship, to get a first team experience.

How Liverpool will line up after January

So what will the team look like on February 1, then?

Liverpool XI GFX

Well, not really different – although Klopp will hope to have Thiago, Shaqiri, Jota, Tsimikas, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at hand.

Of these, Thiago is most likely to start regularly – although all will be welcome additions to the team, given the volume of games and major games that will follow in 2021.