LIVERPOOL JOIN RACE TO SIGN DEMIRAL
Liverpool have emerged as contenders to sign Juventus defender Merih Demiral, according to Turkish outlet Fanatik.
The Reds are short of options at the back with both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez injured.
And they are expected to delve into the market this month, especially after last night’s defeat against Southampton which saw midfielders Fabinho and Jordan Henderson line up in defence.
Demiral, 22, has made only five Serie A starts for Juventus this season and could be available for a fee of around £45m.
But Liverpool might face competition from Premier League rivals Tottenham.
CARRAGHER NAMES ESSENTIAL SIGNING
“I can’t see Liverpool winning the league if they don’t buy a centre-back,” Carragher told Monday Night Football after the Reds lost to Southampton.
“I said that after the Everton game when (Virgil) van Dijk was injured but I think it’s a really tough ask if they don’t bring anyone in.
“The fact they played Jordan Henderson at centre-back is not going to do a lot for the two lads on the bench (Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Phillips) and their confidence if they have two midfielders playing there. Henderson is not a centre-back. He did well, but it’s not his position.”
MILLAR SET FOR CHARLTON LOAN
Liverpool forward Liam Millar is set to join League One side Charlton Athletic on loan.
Goal report that the 21-year-old will leave Anfield until the end of the season, though he is expected to sign a new contract before the deal is completed.
Millar could make his debut for Charlton as early as Friday against Accrington Stanley.
WIJNALDUM ‘TOP TARGET’ FOR BARCELONA
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is amongst Barcelona’s ‘top three’ targets, according to Sky Sports.
Signing the Dutchman in January is likely to be a “difficult task”, though, and the Catalan club are expected to wait until the summer.
Wijnaldum’s contract at Anfield is set to expire at the end of the season, which could mean he is available on a free transfer.
And he is a favourite of Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman, who coached the 30-year-old while in charge of the Dutch national team.
PREMIER LEAGUE TITLE RACE: FIXTURES
Liverpool: Manchester United (H), Burnley (H), Tottenham (A), West Ham (A), Brighton (H), Man City (H)
Manchester United: Burnley (A), Liverpool (A), Fulham (A), Sheffield United (H), Arsenal (A), Southampton (H)
Man City: Brighton (H), Crystal Palace (H), Aston Villa (H), Sheffield United (A), West Brom (H), Burnley (A)
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