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Liverpool facing a significant £200 million transfer problem with three exits looming

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Liverpool facing a significant £200 million transfer problem with three exits looming

Liverpool waited until transfer deadline day to add a midfielder, but others saw the need sooner.

Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara are Jurgen Klopp’s likely midfielders. Other players are vying for the other trio spot.

Klopp’s alternatives aren’t all long-term. This increased the need for a midfielder.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, and Naby Keita are out of contract. How many of the trio will still be contracted at Anfield for next season is unknown.

With this in mind, Klopp’s midfield might be overhauled in 2023. How that will happen is debatable.

The Reds wanted Aurelien Tchouameni. It was always expected that the player will leave Monaco for Real Madrid rather than Anfield.

He was Klopp’s first midfield piece. Now we need a backup plan.

Liverpool reportedly coveted Federico Valverde of Real Madrid. Diario AS said the Spanish giants rejected an £86m deal.

Liverpool will make a second bid for Valverde, Fichajes reports. Given that the Uruguayan is an important player for Real Madrid, it would take a massive bid to pry him away.

His form as a midfielder is excellent. Valverde has scored three goals in six La Liga games, making him one of Europe’s most prized players.

Ancelotti considers Valverde an important player for Madrid. “One is a leader when he sets an example and Federico is very important for us, “Ancelotti told the Spanish club’s official website earlier this month.

“He’s doing very well and is still very humble. This can help you to become a terrific leader in the future. There are a lot of people who can be leaders by example and not by their words. That’s very important.”

The veracity of the news is unknown, but let’s assume for the moment that it is accurate. How does this affect Liverpool’s interest in Jude Bellingham, if this is the case?

It is well knowledge that Anfield’s recruitment hierarchy is a fan of Borussia Dortmund’s players. 

The Bundesliga club was never going to allow him to go this summer, therefore 2023 is the only time frame in which a transaction is viable.

The issue is that Dortmund values Bellingham at around £100 million.

Depending on the player’s performance over the next 12 months, this number could climb significantly if he or she has another outstanding year.

With a midfield makeover looming next summer, Liverpool must make a difficult decision about their next recruitment move.

Klopp regularly emphasised that he was only interested in the “right player,” but when you need perhaps three of them in a single transfer window, the task becomes exponentially more difficult.

Bellingham and Valverde would certainly cost in excess of £200 million to acquire.

Can you envision Liverpool investing that much on two players, barring a significant shift in the club’s transfer policy?

Certainly, it is probable that Valverde is recognised as an alternative to Bellingham in the event that Dortmund’s midfielder is not acquired.

Given that they did not do so for Tchouameni this summer, this is a prudent choice.

This summer, Liverpool apparently considered more options. Both Konrad Laimer of RB Leipzig and Youri Tielemans of Leicester City are presently available on a free transfer next summer.

Choosing this option would allow Liverpool to conserve money that could be spent on larger-scale transactions. 

Whether the club would even consider such a transaction is uncertain.

Liverpool is facing one of its most vital transfer windows in recent memory, regardless of its current plans. 

The summer of 2018 saw the arrival of crucial players who would usher in a new era at Anfield, and it’s safe to predict that the same will be required in 2023.

Liverpool facing a significant £200 million transfer problem with three exits looming

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