Regional journalists link Liverpool with midfield duo Ruben Neves and Abdulkadir Omur

18 April 2018

No doubt identifying their targets ahead of the summer window, Liverpool have been linked with two new options including Wolves’ Ruben Neves.


The Reds have been touted with a host of players around the continent as the season draws to a close, with Jurgen Klopp‘s plans being finalised as objectives become clearer.

Having effectively sealed a top-four finish in the Premier League, Klopp’s side are fighting for glory in the Champions League.

Lifting a sixth European Cup would likely open up new possibilities in the transfer market, but with the World Cup approaching in June and the window closing early this year they need to move swiftly.

Norwich City midfielder James Maddison, Stevenage centre-back Ben Wilmot and Red Bull Salzburg vice-captain Valon Berisha were all listed as possible targets last week.

Now two fresh faces have emerged from the rumour mill, with regional journalists given further credibility to reports.

Firstly, Wolves midfielder Neves, who has scored six goals in 39 games on their way to promotion from the Championship, is claimed to be “coming to Liverpool” by UOL’s Marcus Alves.

Alves, who is based in Lisbon, suggests the Premier League newcomers have lined up Benfica’s Anderson Talisca, regularly linked with both Wolves and Liverpool, as Neves’ replacement.

Neves is regarded by Wolves supporters as one of the greatest to ever play for the club, such has been his impact on their fortunes since he joined in 2017.

It has long been known he is operating above his station at Molineux, and the former Porto captain could find a more suitable club in Liverpool.

Elsewhere, Turkish publication Aksam claim the Reds are interested in signing Trabzonspor attacking midfielder Abdulkadir Omur.

They suggest he is an alternative to Real Madrid’s Marcos Asensio, who has been dubiously linked with Liverpool throughout the campaign, with the Spanish side not willing to sell.

Omur is valued at €18 million, with Tottenham also named as an interested party, and Klopp is said to have put him “top of his list” as he looks to bolster his forward line.

Able to play on either the left- and right-hand side of midfield in deeper or more advanced roles, the 18-year-old is described by Turkish Football‘s Emre Sarigul as having “the rare combination of talent, work ethic and having the right mentality.”

He has made 28 appearances for Trabzonspor this season, scoring three goals and assisting a further five, including a brilliant left-footed finish for his first Super Lig goal in October.

Omur’s pace, directness, eye for goal and youth could make him a fine deputy for both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah next season.

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