Liverpool: Latest Transfer Rumours
Football Whispers has searched the internet long and hard to find all the latest transfer rumours surrounding Liverpool, focusing on both incoming and those leaving the club. We've also provided a FW rumour rating out of five, with 1/5 being highly unlikely that the transfer will take place, and 5/5 meaning the transfer is all but complete.
Phillips to leave Liverpool?
Nat Phillips is nearing a January exit from Liverpool, having been pushed further down the pecking order at Anfield.
As reported by Goal, the centre-back could make a move away from Merseyside – either on loan or permanently – this month, with the return of youngster Rhys Williams seemingly bad news for Phillips. Williams was recalled from his loan spell earlier this week.
Despite an injury to Virgil van Dijk, Phillips has largely remained on the bench in recent times, with the centre-back behind the likes of Ibrahima Konate, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip in Klopp’s thinking.
Phillips has been with the Reds since 2016, but has made just 29 appearances for the club, with five of those coming this season. He has been sent out on loan to Stuttgart and Bournemouth in recent times, with another move this month certainly a possibility.
FW rumour rating: 4/5
Inter want out-of-contract Firmino
Another player that could leave Liverpool in the near future is Roberto Firmino, with the striker’s contract at Anfield expiring this summer.
While there is seemingly hope that the Brazilian will extend his deal as soon as he recovers from his current injury, the Liverpool Echo claims that Serie A side Inter want to bring Firmino to Italy as an immediate replacement for Romelu Lukaku.
Lukaku is currently on loan at the Italian club from Chelsea, with several injuries limiting him to a handful of games this season. He has played just nine times in all competitions, scoring twice.
Firmino meanwhile has endured an injury of his own, but has proven his necessity to Liverpool with nine goals from his 21 matches.
FW rumour rating: 4/5
Heckingbottom reveals Berge interest
Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom has revealed he is aware of interest in his players, which includes Liverpool-linked Sander Berge.
Heckingbottom was busy preparing Berge and Co. for the recent glamorous FA Cup fourth round tie with high-flying Wrexham, but was asked by reporters if there had been any interest in his players this month. Such interest involves both Merseyside clubs, with Liverpool linked with Berge and Everton linked with Iliman Ndiaye.
“There has been interest and there always is,” said Heckingbottom, as reported by YorkshireLive. “You start to hear it before windows open. There has been interest but there have been no bids.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has reportedly been admiring Berge even before he made a switch to England, with the midfielder having played against the Reds in the Champions League while at Genk. The Norwegian has a release clause in his contract, which Liverpool could trigger if their midfield situation worsens.
Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham is seemingly the number one target, with Benfica’s Enzo Fernandez and Brighton’s Moises Caicedo also linked. Berge would, of course, be a much cheaper option than the star trio.
Liverpool have witnessed the likes of regular midfielders Jordan Henderson and Fabinho somewhat fade from view this season, with Naby Keita and Curtis Jones also failing to hit the heights expected of them. James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain meanwhile look set for a summer exit due to age and injuries respectively.
FW rumour rating: 5/5
Liverpool in three-way battle for Fernandez
Liverpool find themselves in a three-way battle for Benfica and Argentina star Enzo Fernandez, but the midfielder will only leave in the summer, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Fernandez lifted the 2022 World Cup with his nation last month, playing a key role in central midfield as Lionel Messi stole the headlines. The Benfica man chipped in with countless crucial tackles and passes, along with finding the back of the net as the South Americans clinched the trophy.
The youngster was being monitored before the major tournament, but his stock has risen massively since the tournament, with Chelsea strongly linked with the midfielder. But Real Madrid and Liverpool are also keeping tabs on the 22-year-old. Fernandez has made 29 appearances for the Portuguese outfit this season, scoring four goals and creating seven others.
Chelsea recently attempted to bring him to England in a £74m deal, but Benfica are holding out for his release clause to be triggered, which stands at £105m.
Benfica manager Roger Schmidt spoke recently about the interest in his star man, saying: “There’s a club who want our player. They know we don’t want to sell the player. They tried to get the player on their side and they know they can only get this player when they pay the clause.”
FW rumour rating: 3/5
Liverpool hold talks with Bellingham
The Mirror claims that Liverpool have held talks with Jude Bellingham in order to bring the teenager to Anfield this month. Another highly-coveted central midfielder, Bellingham also enjoyed a fine 2022 World Cup, helping England reach the quarter-final of the tournament.
He was also highly sought after before the competition, but the world have now been made fully aware of just how special he really is. Bellingham hit the headlines again last weekend on the return to the Bundesliga with a thumping strike in Borussia Dortmund’s win against Augsburg. He also managed an assist, but also picked up a yellow card which ruled him out of the recent game against Mainz.
The majority of Liverpool supporters are seemingly desperate for midfield reinforcements, but given that the January transfer window is about to close, it looks increasingly unlikely that any new faces will arrive.
FW rumour rating: 2/5
New sporting director incoming?
And finally, in a potential movement off the pitch, the Liverpool Echo claims that AS Monaco Sporting Director Paul Mitchell is one of the front-runners to take over from Julian Ward at Liverpool this summer.
Klopp recently admitted he was taken aback by Ward’s decision to leave the Reds at the end of the campaign, with the manager informed of the decision in November.
Ward has not even spent a year in his role at Anfield having replaced Michael Edwards in May 2022. But he has made some important deals, namely bringing forward Darwin Nunez to the Reds and extending Mohamed Salah’s contract. He was also the man involved in letting Sadio Mane leave for German giants Bayern Munich.
FW rumour rating: 3/5
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Liverpool monitoring Mount situation
The Guardian reports that Chelsea are doing all they can to tie down Mason Mount to a new deal in an attempt to stop the midfielder from making a surprise switch to Liverpool.
Mount has 18 months remaining on his current contract with Graham Potter’s side, who are keen to extend his time at the club, but are yet to meet his wage demands. The 24-year-old reportedly wants a big rise from the Blues to show that they truly value him, at a time when they are bringing in plenty of new faces.
Chelsea have spent big this month with the signatures of Mykhaylo Mudryk, Benoit Badiashile, Andrey Santos and David Datro Fofana on permanent deals in the January transfer window, with Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix arriving on loan. PSV forward Noni Madueke has become the latest player to join the list, taking the club’s total spend this month to £190.2m.
The influx of players looks set to result in a handful of current names leaving Stamford Bridge, with the likes of Conor Gallagher, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Hakim Ziyech all linked with exits. Mount could join them should his wage demands not be met, with Liverpool prepared to swoop in for the midfielder.
He is reportedly one of the lower earners at Chelsea on £75,000-per-week, with the England international feeling underappreciated as the majority of the team is paid more handsomely than him. Moreover, the Blues have been chasing Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo, in what is another ego blow for current midfielder Mount.
Chelsea have reportedly had a £55m bid rejected for the Ecuadorian, with the Seagulls wanting at least £75m for their star man. The two clubs do, of course, have strong ties, with ex-Brighton boss Potter now in the dugout at Stamford Bridge. Furthermore, Marc Cucurella recently moved from the south coast to west London, with Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour making a loan move in the opposite direction. Brighton centre-back Levi Colwill is also on loan from the Blues.
Liverpool have also been linked with Caicedo, but Mount could be a very reasonable backup option, particularly if Chelsea succeed in signing the Ecuadorian. Potter’s side are, however, ready to be as generous as possible to keep Mount at Stamford Bridge, and are prepared to make the midfielder a sizeable offer. The offer will aim to fend off interest in the talented 24-year-old, who is also attracting interest from Serie A giants Juventus.
FW rumour rating: 2/5
Firmino eager to stay at Liverpool
Transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano claims that Roberto Firmino’s priority is to stay at Liverpool, with the Reds reportedly offering the striker a new short-term contract.
Talks are ongoing with the Brazilian, who noted: “It’s fantastic playing high-level football here with great players. I’m happy here and I intend to stay here and help Liverpool.”
The forward is now into his eighth season at Anfield, having joined from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim in June 2015. While he hasn’t always banged in the goals, the Brazilian has become a legendary figure on Merseyside thanks to his creativity, work rate and selflessness in front of goal.
Unfortunately Liverpool fans have not seen a lot of the striker in recent weeks due to a muscle injury, but he is reportedly nearing a return to action, with Jurgen Klopp desperate to have one of his star men back as soon as possible.
Previous seasons may not have been as successful as many supporters would have liked for the striker, but Firmino has been in fine form in the current campaign, scoring seven goals in his 13 Premier League appearances. He has also chipped in with three league assists, and a further two goals in the Champions League.
FW rumour rating: 5/5
Bellingham urged to ‘break the mould’
Jude Bellingham has been urged to “break the mould” and stay at Borussia Dortmund amid reports linking him with a move to both Real Madrid and Liverpool.
As reported by the Mirror, Dortmund manager Edin Terzic has asked his young star to stay for another year, with the boss desperate to work with the midfielder for just a little bit longer. Bellingham has also been linked with Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United, but Terzic does not want a repeat of the Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland situations.
The former left for Man United, with the latter joining Man City. Bellingham could also move to England, but Terzic wants as much time as possible with the Three Lions star, with the manager recalling a time not so long ago when Bellingham, Haaland and Sancho all lined out together in yellow.
“I believe that we need to work on keeping these young guys one year longer,” said Terzic. “In my first season [as interim manager], I was able to put Jadon, Jude and Erling on the pitch, but that was their only year together.
“That was also partly due to COVID-19 and empty stadiums, there were financial considerations. But if we can get to the point where it’s two or three years of such a trio, maybe we can break the mould.”
Bellingham returned to club action for Dortmund on Sunday following a stunning individual World Cup with England in Qatar, scoring for Dortmund in their thrilling 4-3 win over FC Augsburg.
The 19-year-old, who first burst onto the scene as a 16-year-old for English side Birmingham City, is under contract at Dortmund until June 2025. It will undoubtedly require a huge fee to pull him away from the Bundesliga, but Spanish giants Real Madrid and Pep Guardiola’s Man City certainly have the funds available to do just that.
But given the packed midfields at the Santiago Bernabeu and the Etihad, Liverpool may just find themselves in the running for his signature, despite the Reds suffering one of their worst seasons in recent memory. As Terzic noted, Dortmund will do all that is possible to convince the teenager to remain in Germany for another year, but a summer move looks increasingly likely. The destination, however, remains unclear.
FW rumour rating: 5/5
Wolves determined to keep Neves
Wolves have no plans to sell star midfielder Ruben Neves to Liverpool this month, with the Portugal man also attracting interest from several other top clubs. According to Football Insider, Wolves have told the Reds that Neves is going nowhere in the January transfer window.
Neves shone in the recent FA Cup tie against Liverpool, spreading the play expertly and also putting in several key tackles. His eye for a pass and a tackle have caught the eye of many of the leading Premier League sides, but Wolves know they need their star midfielder to remain at the club if they are to have any hope of avoiding the drop this season. They are currently 17th in the Premier League table with just four wins to their name all season.
The Portugal international has made over 150 appearances for his current club, with his leadership skills earning him the captain’s armband. The Reds are seemingly desperate to improve in midfield, but their hopes to land Neves this month have been dealt a major blow, with Wolves only set to listen to offers this summer when the midfielder has a year remaining on his contract.
FW rumour rating: 5/5
Liverpool History and Information
Liverpool FC are a football team that play in the English Premier League. Nicknamed the Reds, they play their games at Anfield, with fellow Merseyside club Everton and Manchester United considered their biggest rivals. Jürgen Klopp is their current manager. Liverpool have taken part in every Premier League season since its foundation in 1992 — one of only six teams to have done so — and are one of the most successful clubs in British history, winning more European Cups/Champions Leagues than any other side.
Liverpool Football Club is one of the most-decorated professional clubs in England. The club is based in Liverpool, a city also known as the hometown of Beatles. Liverpool FC was founded in 1892 and from the very start they’ve been playing at the Anfield stadium.
The club established themselves as a major force in the 1970s and, in their longstanding history, Liverpool won 19 top-flight titles. The last title was finally won in 2020, after a long drought that lasted for 30 years. Liverpool also has six European Cups, which is the record for English clubs. Additionally, their trophy room includes 7 FA Cups, 8 League Cups, 3 UEFA Cups and one FIFA Club World Cup, among other minor trophies.
Today, Liverpool is one of the most popular and highest-earning clubs in the world, valued at more than £2 billion. Their anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone” is well-known around the world. The current manager of Liverpool FC is Jürgen Klopp, a German prodigy who managed to win the elusive 19th title for the club after three decades.
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Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for £75m in 2017
When Liverpool paid £75 million for Virgil van Dijk in 2017, it was the most expensive transfer for a defender in the world. But despite this huge fee, the Dutch proved to be worth every single pound. He consolidated Liverpool’s defence, leading them to their first Premier League title and to their 7th Champions League win in 2019.
Fernando Torres from Atlético Madrid for £20m in 2007
Getting Fernando Torres was not an easy feat for Liverpool and it cost them around £20 million, in addition to sending Luis García to Madrid. At that moment, it was the highest fee that club ever paid and Torres quickly became fan favourite at Anfield, until his disappointing departure in 2011 when he left for Chelsea in another record transfer fee of around £50 million.
Luis Suárez from Ajax for £23m in 2011
Even though his Liverpool career was marred by racial and biting incidents, the Uruguayan striker is one of the best scorers in the recent history of the club. Luis Suárez netted 69 league goals during his three years at Liverpool, before eventually moving to Barcelona for a fee of around £65 million.
Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan for £8.5 in 2013
After spending a year on loan in Espanyol and struggling to get into the first team at Inter, Coutinho was bought by Liverpool for £8.5 million in 2013. The Brazilian winger spent 5 successful years at Anfield before he was sold to Barcelona for a record-breaking transfer fee of £105 million. This transfer included various add-ons, which made the total fee grow to around £130 million in the end.
Mohamed Salah from Roma for £35m in 2017
The Egyptian winger was brought to Roma from Chelsea after he failed to prove himself at Stamford Bridge. However, Liverpool decided to give him another chance in the Premier League and he repaid that trust by becoming one of the world’s best players and a vital piece in their run to become champions of England after 30 years.