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Liverpool transfer round-up as Reds could miss out on Ruiz and doubts emerge

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are yet to make a signing so far this month – but there is still more than half of the January transfer window to go and the Reds have been linked with a number of players

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Jurgen Klopp previews Brentford clash

Jurgen Klopp will be frustrated by his side’s inability to break down ten-man Arsenal in the semi-final first-leg of the Carabao Cup on Thursday.

Granit Xhaka was given his marching orders midway through the first-half for a foul on Diogo Jota, but luckily for Arsenal, the game ended goalless.

Liverpool are having a quiet transfer window so far and Klopp is yet to delve into the market to make a signing this month.

Several names continue to be linked with potential moves to Anfield, while there is still more than half of the window to go.

With that in mind, here, Mirror Football brings you the latest gossip from Anfield.

Doubts over duo

Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are yet to sign a new deal at Liverpool

Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane reportedly ‘may not renew’ their contracts at the club, according to The Athletic’s David Ornstein.

Firmino and Mane, like Salah, are in the last 18 months of their contracts at Liverpool.

“I’m not sure Firmino is going to be renewed, I’m not sure Mane is going to be renewed,” Ornstein told Sky Sports.

“I do think they’ll make offers to them and then it will be down to the players to decide if they want to accept them.”

Mane is currently away at the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal, while Firmino has recently returned to the squad after isolating due to COVID-19.

Reds may miss out on Ruiz

Liverpool may reportedly be set to miss out on highly-rated Napoli defensive midfielder Fabian Ruiz, according to reports in Italy.

Napoli’s Fabian Ruiz has been linked with a move to the Premier League
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La Repubblica, via MailOnline claim rivals Manchester United are in pole position to sign Ruiz, ahead of both Liverpool and Arsenal.

West Ham ’s Declan Rice remains United’s No 1 choice, but the club are also considering other alternatives.

Ruiz, 25, has been one of the standout performers in Serie A this season and has a deal at Napoli which runs until June 2023.

The Spaniard moved to the Serie A side from Real Betis in 2018 and has gone on to make 148 appearances for the club, scoring 20 goals and registering 13 assists.

The 25-year-old has also been capped 15 times by Spain and was part of Luis Enrique’s squad for Euro 2020 last summer.

Contract blow

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Reported Liverpool transfer target Raphinha is in talks over a new contract at Leeds, according to Leeds Live.

The Reds have been linked with a move for the Brazilian, who only joined Leeds in October 2020.

Raphinha has scored eight times in the Premier League this season, which is already two more than the tally he managed in the previous campaign with Leeds.

Leeds United reporter for Leeds Live Beren Cross said in a Q&A session: “Contract talks between Leeds and Deco, Raphinha’s agent, are ongoing.

“There is confidence a deal can be struck and the Brazilian will move onto terms which accurately reflect his status at the club and in the league.

“Raphinha is not making life difficult for anyone in any way around this deal. Naturally, I cannot predict the future or what Raphinha’s camp may choose to do, but the noises are positive and it would suit all parties to sign a new deal and secure his value.

“Evidently, there is going to be plenty of interest in him this summer, whether he signs a new contract or not. It will be two full seasons under his belt and clubs will feel they can tempt him away after proving himself at this level in a new country.

“Leeds will of course only sell at the price they are happy with. Whether that’s in the summer, next January or summer 2023 remains to be seen.

“Do not overlook what the World Cup may do to his value if he’s still a Leeds player by then.”

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