Napoli defensive midfielder Jorginho is at the top of Liverpool’s summer wish-list, according to reliable reports on Saturday.
The next transfer window may still be just under four months away, but Jurgen Klopp is already planning his summer business.
The Times‘ Paul Joyce, one of the most reliable Liverpool journalists, has outlined who Klopp is eyeing up, with a new No. 6 very much in the manager’s thinking.
Jorginho is named as Klopp’s prime target, but Joyce admits the biggest downside to this pursuit is that he would be a first-choice midfield signing “for just about every elite side in Europe.”
That shows how significant acquiring his signature would be, with the 26-year-old one of Napoli’s most important players.
His defensive expertise and quality on the ball have helped take Maurizio Sarri’s team to the top of Serie A, and there are few more influential footballers in his position in Europe.
Many Liverpool supporters have been crying out for the club to bring in an out-and-out holding midfielder, with Jordan Henderson often seen as limited in the role.
Emre Can is likely to leave this summer, and it would seem Klopp realises the importance of a new recruit to dovetail with incoming signing Naby Keita.
As well as the interest in Jorginho, the Reds are said to be keen on bringing in a new goalkeeper—Simon Mignolet will move on at the end of the season—as well as a replacement for the departed Philippe Coutinho.
Roma stopper Alisson has been mooted as the main target to challenge Loris Karius next season, but Joyce reports that Liverpool “have backed out of the chase for his signature for the time being.”
This transfer news comes after Saturday’s thrilling 4-1 win over West Ham, as Klopp’s men rose to second in the Premier League table.
Can, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were all on target, with some scintillating football on display at Anfield.
There is a feeling that this side is close to achieving something special, and signing the likes of Alisson and Jorginho can help turn them into title challengers.