Liverpool lead the way for Renato Sanches and eye Belgian forward

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is aiming to bolster his playing staff with a number of talented stars who impressed while away on international duty at Euro 2020

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Liverpool are looking to bounce back from a dismal 2020/21 campaign where they fell desperately short of retaining their Premier League crown.

Having cruised to their first title in 30 years the season prior, Jurgen Klopp’s men ended last campaign in third, which actually felt like somewhat of a success given they languished as low as ninth at one stage.

However, their dire form does come with a caveat – a quite remarkable injury crisis, which saw their three first-choice centre-backs all face lengthy spells on the side-lines, with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all missing the remainder of the campaign once they picked up their injuries in October, November and January respectively.

Thankfully for Reds fans, Klopp has taken a step to ensure that kind of stress isn’t put upon their backline again by bringing in newest recruit Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig.

The 22-year-old Frenchman arrives with big potential and a relatively modest price tag at £36m, but as of yet that remains the only bit of business Liverpool have done this summer.

With that being said, here is Liverpool’s transfer round-up for Thursday August 12.

Liverpool lead the pack for Sanches signature

Renato Sanches enjoyed a stellar Euro 2020 with Portugal


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Few players can consider an international tournament where they are eliminated at the round of 16 stage a success, but Renato Sanches may prove to be an exemption.

Despite Portugal being dumped out of Euro 2020 at the hands of Belgium, Sanches stole the show for the majority of the tournament, putting his name back into contention with a transfer to one of the continent’s biggest sides.

After a miserable stint at Bayern Munich, which included a disastrous loan spell at Swansea City, Sanches finds himself at Lille, where he has managed to recapture his best form.

The midfielder helped guide Lille to a surprise Ligue 1 title last term and is now the subject of interest from Liverpool, who are rumoured to be in ‘pole position’ to sign him according to Mundo Deportivo.

Liverpool will have to fend off interest from Barcelona, but given their precarious financial situation, the Catalan giants are unlikely to pose much of a threat.

Liverpool keep tabs on Jeremy Doku

Jeremy Doku only joined Rennes ten months ago but could already be on his way out in favour of a move to Liverpool


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From one star of Euro 2020 to another, Liverpool are also reportedly keen on bringing Belgium star Jeremy Doku to Anfield.

According to Voetbal, the Reds kept a close eye on the winger throughout the tournament as he helped Belgium reach the last eight of the competition.

Unfortunately for Liverpool, the same report states how his club side, French outfit Rennes, have slapped a £38m price tag on the teenager.

At just 19 years of age, Doku only signed for Rennes less than a year ago, putting pen to paper on a deal with the Ligue 1 side in October of last year.

If Klopp and co. do pay the asking price, it means Rennes will have made a £19m profit on the star just ten months after acquiring him.

Forgotten Red nears Anfield exit

Ben Woodburn has struggled to force his way into the Liverpool first team


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At 21 years of age, the time for Ben Woodburn to make his mark on the Liverpool first team is rapidly running out.

Having featured for much of the Reds pre-season campaign, the midfielder is not expected to make his mark in the Premier League this season, barring another incredible injury crisis.

Due to the sheer number of players ahead of him in the pecking order at Anfield, Woodburn may be forced to venture elsewhere for first team football.

The Reds academy graduate has attracted interest from all over the continent, with The Athletic claiming Woodburn has potential suitors in Greece, Denmark and Croatia as well as some Championship sides.

Out of contract next summer, Liverpool could look to try and generate some cash for him this summer by moving him on, rather than allowing him to leave for free this time next year.

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