Liverpool transfers: 5 players the Reds could sign including Pep Guardiola’s ‘liar’

ByRichard C. Sloan

Jan 31, 2022

Liverpool’s January transfer deadline is set to be dominated by a Fabio Carvalho move, and the Fulham youngster may not be the only new face at Liverpool for the 2022-23 season.

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Liverpool broke with a decade-old tradition last season.

Because it was amid lingering injury problems at centre-back that the Reds knocked out on winter transfer deadline day and signed not one but two players, the first additions to the squad they had been doing mid-season for 10 years.

Not since that heady day on January 31, 2011, when Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll came and Fernando Torres left, have Liverpool seen such a flurry of wintry action on the final day, although it’s safe to say that Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies were slightly less announced arrivals.

The pair were needed additions in a position the Reds were desperately short of, and it looks like there weren’t such mad scrambles at Anfield in the final hours of this window, especially after the surprise move by Luis Diaz was completed on Sunday.

Fulham’s Fabio Carvalho is expected to be next, although the teenager is likely to be loaned out to Championship promotion chasers until the end of the campaign.

Liverpool need to strengthen their squad this summer, it’s clear, with contracts ending and players likely to leave, and also because the average age of the group needs to get younger.

But who could they target? Here are five names likely to be on the radar.

Fabio Carvalho, Fulham

Carvalho has impressed for Fulham this season


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We’ll start with the most likely deal as a move for Fulham teenager Carvalho is set to be completed on Monday.

Three years after the Reds successfully landed Harvey Elliott from Fulham, they are considering the talented attacking midfielder from the Whites as an option after he has turned heads in the Championship this season.

Carvalho is a goal threat from his position, his strikes helping Marco Silva’s side score for free to take control of the Championship promotion picture.

Born in Portugal but based in England since 2013, Carvalho is a young England international who will see his contract at Craven Cottage expire this summer, two more ticks in the box for a Liverpool side short of local players and careful with their money. .

It seems quite likely he will sign for around £5m and then be loaned out to Craven Cottage for the rest of the campaign, with Fulham cashing in on cash for a player they would have lost for nothing in the summer.

Now to four more players Liverpool could target this summer…

Aurelien Tchouameni, Monaco

Tchouameni would add vital depth to the defensive midfield positions


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The addition in the midfield areas is likely to be a major project for Liverpool, especially as James Milner looks set to leave the club when his contract expires.

Even with Milner on board, the Reds lack a defensive midfield specialist who can replace the excellent Fabinho.

Jordan Henderson is usually the one to do this when he’s unavailable, but then that prevents him from being useful further down the line. Also, as Henderson ages, he’s likely to move on to a Milner-style stage in his career.

So advance the Monegasque Tchouameni. The young midfielder, who turned 22 last week, has many of Fabinho’s qualities and would also join the Reds from the same club if he arrives.

Already a seven-time French international capped, Tchouameni could be a perfect addition and be allowed to slowly lay down in the squad if he joins.

Jude Bellingham, Borussia Dortmund

Bellingham have been heavily linked with a move to Anfield


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Still just 18, England international Bellingham could be an addition to Liverpool’s midfield for more than the next decade if the Reds make a move for him.

The problem is that the move wouldn’t be cheap.

After moving to Dortmund from Birmingham City in the summer of 2020, Bellingham looks certain to return to English football one day, with several of the big boys ready to line up for him and pay whatever it takes.

Is the summer of 2022 a little too early for all that? May be. But in Liverpool’s situation, it could pay off in the long run to get ahead of their rivals now.

Bellingham possesses a maturity beyond his years – Pep Guardiola once joked he was ‘lying’ about his young age because he was so good – and he would almost be a hit in a Jurgen Klopp side.

Jarrod Bowen, West Ham

Jarrod Bowen has been in fine form this season



Let’s be honest, Luis Diaz was originally expected to appear here before Liverpool took the plunge and beat Tottenham for his signature in this window, so it’s West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen that we turn to next.

The wide man has been in terrific form for the Hammers throughout this campaign, and talk of an England call-up is both widespread and fully deserved.

His hard work would certainly suit a Jurgen Klopp side, but given Diaz’s arrival you would now think he would only be turned to him if an established member of the attack left.

It wouldn’t be cheap either.

Cody Gakpo, PSV Eindhoven

Cody Gakpo has been in fine form for PSV this season


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Another young striker linked with the Reds, Gakpo might be a little rougher than Diaz but would certainly do the trick.

Having already amassed over 100 senior appearances for PSV at the age of 22, he looks like the perfect next step to launch his career, especially as he picked up four caps for the Netherlands last year. last year.

The influence of Virgil van Dijk would help there, and as a striker just looking to lay down and complement existing forwards, he could be perfect.

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