Kross, Bellingham, late minute target for Liverpool
by Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor, Abuja
Liverpool, plagued by a series of injuries, are not relenting in the transfer market to add the needed players to bolster the squad for the season’s campaign.
Early last week, Reds coach Jurgen Klopp had rebuffed insinuations that the club needed new additions but after he lost to Manchester United at Old Trafford, and Naby Keita joined the queue of injured players, the German gaffer is eager to snap up a late signing before the transfer market closes.
Liverpool have not had it easy after winning the Community Shield against title rivals Manchester City, with two draws and a loss to unstable Red Devils, their outing can be rated poor.
Surprisingly, on Saturday, the Reds reverberated a performance, thumping Bournemouth 9-0 in Anfield and this has further put pressure on the management to initiate certain late interests.
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According to reports from the German Bundesliga, Liverpool are on the trail of Borussia Dortmund Jude Bellingham, who the Reds have penciled in as a potential target.
The 19-year-old, who joined Dortmund from Birmingham in 2020 for €25m, has appreciated to a market value of €80m.
However, Dortmund are not ready to part ways with one of their prized assets this summer and have played down any intention from Liverpool towards the English midfielder.
In a statement by the sporting director Sebastian Kehl, he reiterated that the club will not entertain any offer for Bellingham though no club has signified interest.
Kehl, to assert his position, added that he maintains closed tiles with the player, who, categorically, is also not considering leaving Dortmund.
The sporting director, though believes the player will remain with the club during the summer, he can not guarantee Bellingham’s future after that.
“There is no request for him,” Kehl told the media after Dortmund’s victory on Saturday against Hertha Berlin.
“And honestly – I know this from the player and his family – the boy has no interest at all in going anywhere this summer.
“He will stay with us this season, I can guarantee that,” he added. Meanwhile, a report from Spain has linked Liverpool with a move to sign Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos.
According to Fichajes, the player who has virtually won all titles with the European champions with a year left in his contract, is on the radar of three top club’s including Liverpool.
Klopp is not happy and is mounting intense pressure on Liverpool to sign some midfielders to salvage the injury-ravaged squad.
Although it won’t be easy for the former Bayern Munich man to leave Santiago Bernabeu after Manchester United signed Casemiro recently, the Reds may resort to offering a tempting bid that may force Los Blancos to reconsider the offer.