Liverpool fans were all expecting a fair deal from Jurgen Klopp upon his arrival at the club just a couple of months ago. The German stepped in to succeed Brendan Rodgers, and even with the Reds wallowing in midtable obscurity, the 48-year-old’s first press conference was littered with questions surrounding a title challenge.
It seemed like madness at the time, but a crazy Premier League season means that a few good results have left Klopp’s men only six points off the top and got Kopites dreaming once again.
With January now less than 30 days away, Reds fans are naturally mulling over signings that could make a charge for the big prize possible, and truly launch the Klopp era – he has been, as of yet, unable to bring in his own players.
With that in mind we asked Liverpool supporters to vote for their favourite from recent reported January transfer targets, and here are the top FIVE…
Despite Klopp’s comments surrounding not signing a new goalkeeper in January, it seems that fans of the club are tired of Simon Mignolet’s wobbly performances. Germany appear to be the country at the forefront when it comes to producing solid stoppers, and Reds fans want their boss to look back to his homeland to sign Leno from Bayer Leverkusen.
The 23-year-old is certainly highly-rated within the Bundesliga, so he could be worth a go in January should Klopp’s patience with his current stopper erode.
The subject of an ‘informal approach’ already from the Merseyside club, Porto’s Neves appears to be a player Klopp is keen on. And it seems that Kopites are equally enthralled by the 18-year-old, who broke the record to become the youngest player to captain a team in Champions League action earlier this season.
A deep-lying midfielder with a great range of passing and composure… sounds like a young Xabi Alonso, right?
Already being ‘scouted’ by the club, Sane is being talked about as one of Germany’s finest talents following his rise to become a first-team regular at Schalke. Klopp is currently short of genuine wingers, with Jordon Ibe, arguably, his only real option when it comes to adding width.
Sane won’t be cheap should Liverpool really step up their interest, but the 19-year-old certainly has talent.
Currently the hottest striker in Europe’s top five leagues with a staggering 17 goals in 14 games, the Gabonese marksman would certainly add to a promising attack at Anfield. Klopp signed the ‘African Neymar’ during his time at Dortmund, and this relationship could help the German to get one of the most dangerous forward’s out there, although BVB are unlikely to open to a deal.
Can’t fault the ambition… Hummels has long been lauded as the best centre-back on the planet, with his performances as Germany lifted the World Cup in 2014 mesmerising. Of course there is the Klopp connection given their time together at Germany, so there seems to be a bright stream of light creeping through a crack in the door for Liverpool fans.
Even though Dejan Lovren has looked much improved of late, should a player like Hummels become available it’ll be hard for Klopp to resist.
We shortlisted 10 names, click on to see the FIVE that got the fewest votes…
6) Marc-Andre ter Stegen – A solid German goalie, certainly a Mignolet upgrade.
7) Mauro Icardi – Inter Milan striker who is similar to Luis Suarez in his combative, energetic style.
8) Neven Subotic – A Klopp favourite and a solid centre-back.
9) Jack Butland – A decent English goalie, but seemingly not as attractive as his German counterparts.
10) Alexandre Pato – universally slammed in this poll, seems everyone has forgotten that he was once one of the best young players on the planet.