Liverpool FC Rumour Roundup: Klopp, Cech, Icardi & More

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After another miserable weekend for the Reds, Henry Jackson tries to improve the general mood with a look at which players the club might be signing in January and beyond.

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These Monday mornings are starting to have a depressingly similar feel to them, aren’t they?

Another woeful performance, this time against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday, saw Liverpool lose their sixth Premier League game of the season already. The pressure is now really beginning to mount on Brendan Rodgers, who is showing some serious managerial flaws at present.

The Express claims that Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp is already being lined up as a replacement.

As well as the managerial rumours surrounding the club, there has also been plenty of transfer news regarding the Reds over the weekend. Here are five players who have been linked with moves to Anfield, as the January window edges ever closer.

PETR CECH

The Daily Star claims that Liverpool could rival Arsenal with a bid for Cech in January, as he looks for guaranteed first-team.

The superb form of Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea has seen Cech warm the substitutes’ bench for all but one of the Blues’ Premier League games so far this season, but he remains a world-class goalkeeper who would get into most sides in Europe.

With Simon Mignolet still flattering to deceive- that free-kick he took against Palace was another low point- acquiring the 32-year-old’s signature would be a great piece of business. He has great experience, consistency and is a born winner.

 

MAURO ICARDI

Icardi is rated very highly by many, being dubbed the ‘new Ronaldo’ by former coach Jesus Hernandez. The Express believes he could be set for a £28m move to Merseyside next summer.

The 21-year-old Inter Milan star, who has won one cap for Argentina to date, will reportedly be allowed to leave by returning Nerazzurri boss Roberto Mancini, who clearly doesn’t rate him as highly as many.

Icardi is a striker with enormous potential, combining terrific finishing with clever movement and pace. He has scored 20 goals in 39 appearances from Inter since joining from Sampdoria in 2013.

 

JACKSON MARTINEZ

Martinez is a player who has been continually linked with the Reds over the last few years, and according to the Daily Star, a £30m bid in January is imminent.

The 28-year-old has reportedly been identified as Rodgers’ number one target in attack, and with Daniel Sturridge injury-prone and Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert both flattering to deceive, reinforcements are needed.

The Colombia international is a ruthless goalscorer, and would be a superb signing by the club. He has scored 72 times in just 107 appearances for current club Porto. Don’t be surprised to see Liverpool miss out on him to a rival, however, as has depressingly been the case with so many top players over the last couple of years.

 

NATHAN REDMOND

The Daily Star is far from the most believable source when it comes to transfer news, and this time they’ve linked Liverpool with a January move for Norwich starlet Redmond.

The 20-year-old is seen as one of the brightest attacking prospects in English football, with terrific pace and skill at his disposal in wide areas.

There are definite question marks about just how good he is, however, and you would have to question whether the Reds really need him.

For all his undoubted potential, Redmond has scored just once in 48 appearance for the Canaries. He is a poor man’s Raheem Sterling, and quite frankly, is no more exciting than Liverpool’s on-loan star Jordan Ibe.

 

SAIDO BERAHINO

The Mirror reports that Rodgers sees Berahino as another attacking option to bring in in January, with a £15m bid mooted.

The 21-year-old West Brom star, who recently received his first call-up to England’s senior squad, has impressed greatly so far this season, scoring eight times in 15 appearances for the Baggies.

Rodgers likes to bring in new players and improve them, and you could easily see Berahino making the move to Anfield. It would potentially be something of a knee-jerk signing, however, and there is a definite feeling that a few more experienced faces are needed, rather than just youngsters.

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