Italian journalist and transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has revealed Liverpool’s transfer “focus” in 2023.
Romano tweeted: “Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool transfer movements: ‘We’ve to collect money for a bit, then we can spend. That is how we work’.
“Focus will be on new midfielder – but Liverpool are not intentioned to pay €120m for Enzo Fernandez as of today.”
There is no doubt that making the right signings over the next few weeks ahead could be season-changing for Jurgen Klopp and his Merseyside squad as their campaign has not started in an ideal fashion at all.
The Reds are currently sixth in the Premier League after a run of inconsistent performances and the reigning League Cup champions were prematurely knocked out of the domestic competition by Manchester City last month, leaving them with the FA Cup and Champions League to compete for as well as the challenge to get back inside top four.
As a result, the signing of a high-quality midfielder over the next couple of weeks could be the perfect opportunity to improve the quality in the centre of the pitch and get Liverpool ahead in their much-needed midfield rebuild.
Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner are all out of contract at the end of the season which gives Klopp the opportunity to bring in fresh perspectives and transform the midfield at Anfield.
Jude Bellingham is reportedly the main priority for Liverpool, however, it is looking near impossible that a deal will be done this month with a summer signing more likely, although the club have not been short of links to other midfielders.
Sofyan Amrabat, Mason Mount, Moises Caicedo and the aforementioned Fernandez have all been linked with a move to Merseyside over the last few weeks but with the latter speculated with a move to Chelsea, Liverpool have evidently fallen behind in the race for the Argentine.
With that being said, identifying a midfielder who can make an instant impact at Anfield for the right price this month would be hugely advantageous to Klopp as the manager endeavours to improve the team’s performances over the second half of the season.