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Liverpool bid £55.5m for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar – would the Frenchman be a good signing?

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After stunning Arsenal with a 4-0 victory on Sunday, Liverpool are further embarrassing the London club by offering a huge sum for Thomas Lemar.

The Reds have launched a £55.5 million bid for the Monaco winger, an offer considerably higher than the Gunner’s £30 million attempt earlier in the window.

Sky Sports understand that the approach has not been assessed by Monaco, as of yet, but the French outfit must now consider whether selling would be the right option to take.

What would Thomas Lemar bring to Liverpool?

The Frenchman’s importance to his current club is undoubted, and it is likely that upon moving to Liverpool would earn a similar stature at Anfield.

Having played four full Ligue 1 games so far this season, Lemar is already proving to be the creative spark of the side. He has made 13 chances for his teammates and has two assists to his name.

Clearly then, the France International would bring a huge amount of imagination to Merseyside, something Liverpool may currently be missing without Philippe Coutinho. The Reds’ current most creative player is Roberto Firmino, who has made five chances this season – a small figure compared to Lemar’s 13.

Lemar would also bring goals to Jurgen Klopp’s side. The Monaco playmaker found the back of the net nine times last season, outscored only by Coutinho, Firmino and Sadio Mane – the Senegalese man was the Reds’ top scorer, with 13 goals to his name.

The productive Frenchman would improve Liverpool’s attacking options, as he has shown with his lightening start to the new campaign. Capable of both scoring and creating goals, would provide much-needed depth, with the Anfield club looking to compete on four fronts this season.

Is a move likely?

As Sky Sports report, Monaco have already turned down a £30 million bid from Arsenal. However, Liverpool have offered almost double this figure. Such a large amount of money may tempt the French club into selling their star.

However, Monaco have stated that no more players are leaving this summer, according to Sky Sports. Having seen a number of their title-winning squad exit, the Champions will be keen to keep Lemar.

Therefore, it is hard to see a £55 million bid convincing them to break their stance. With only a few days left in the window, it would be incredibly hard to purchase an adequate replacement, meaning the Reds may have to wait until next summer to confirm a deal.

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While a move to Liverpool would bring Lemar into a more competitive league, it seems as though it is too little too late. Monaco won't be able to replace the Frenchman, making it likely that he will stay with the Champions.

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Liverpool fans want Ivan Rakitic following brilliant performance against Argentina

Liverpool fans want yet another top midfielder at the club this summer.

Jamie Watts

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Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic was nothing short of sensational last night in Croatia’s 3-0 dismantling of Argentina, and Liverpool fans have taken to social media to commend the midfielder, with many asserting that Jurgen Klopp should sign him this summer.

Luka Modric was in his usual scintillating form in the centre of the park, but Rakitic was equally as good, and the two essentially ran the game for the whole duration, as Argentina scratched their heads for a way to get into the game.

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The 30-year-old rounded off a truly dominant display by slotting home into an empty net from close range, after Mateo Kovacic unselfishly played him in, but it was nothing less than Rakatic’s performance deserved on the night.

Reds fans, having already secured the high-profile signings of Naby Keita and Fabinho, took to Twitter to suggest that the club should complete a hat-trick of midfield acquisitions this summer and bring the £60 million rated man to Anfield.

Here’s the reaction:

It has to be said that the logistics of completing a deal for the Barcelona man, who was ever-present in the side last season, make any serious movement unlikely on Liverpool’s front. But many are starting to regret the club’s decision to turn their nose up at the prospect of signing him, in a make-weight deal for Philippe Coutinho last summer.

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Jurgen Klopp should bring in Emil Forsberg to replace Adam Lallana

The Swedish star is keen on leaving RB Leipzig this summer and Liverpool have been linked in the past.

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It seems Sweden midfielder Emil Forsberg has made his mind up over his RB Leipzig future. The talented playmaker has told Fotbolskanalen in his homeland:

“I’m ready for the next big step. That’s going to be very interesting.

“I am in dialogue with RB and always had a good relationship with the club.

“I have the dream of playing for the strongest clubs in the world.”

Those words certainly suggest he is on his way. Plenty of teams have been linked with the player recently.

One such English club is Liverpool. As recently as May it was reported that the Swedish talent would cost £47 million, according to SportExpressen.

That seems a little high and Liverpool could surely get the player cheaper.

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It is definitely a deal Liverpool should consider. Forsberg is a similar talent to Adam Lallana.

Capable of playing anywhere along the front behind the front-man he relies on his cunning, technique and brains too make up for his lack of pace.

In fact, when watching highlights of the pair in action, the similarities are uncanny.

However, Forsberg is four years younger than Lallana and the ex-Southampton man’s recent injury record has been awful.

Undoubtedly, Lallana is a magnificent talent. He is also a favourite of Jurgen Klopp’s, often considered the German’s teacher’s pet.

But Liverpool simply cannot rely on the 30-year-old to stay fit anymore. Klopp loves him, but he would love Forsberg just as much.

It might be time for Liverpool to trade in for a newer model.

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Liverpool’s reported target Lorenzo Insigne is far better for Klopp than Nabil Fekir

The new reported target would be even better for Liverpool.

Jamie Watts

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is reportedly ready to dust himself down over his club’s failings to land Lyon star Nabil Fekir, and will make a sensational swoop for Napoli maestro Lorenzo Insigne, according to reports from TransferMarketWeb.

Despite having arguably the most dangerous front three in the Premier League in Sadio Mane, Robert Firmino and Mohamed Salah, it would appear that Klopp is refusing to rest on his laurels, and is demanding the club spend big to bring in reinforcements capable of mounting a challenge on all fronts next term.

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Insigne is a arguably a better option than Fekir ever was for the Reds. As tactically he would add so much more than the Frenchman. Fekir largely models his game around crafting attacks while in possession, often drifting into central areas looking for the killer pass, or to line up a shot himself – similarly to Philippe Coutinho – but the Brazilian doesn’t need a direct replacement at Anfield.

Since his departure, the overall balance of the team has improved, as a more industrious midfield employs Klopp’s high-pressing style in a three. Fekir would operate in similar areas to Coutinho and would likely throw the overall balance off somewhat.

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Insigne on the other hand will stay out wide, and use his brilliant feet and speed to set up opportunities to test the goalkeeper, or to bend in in-swinging crosses with his right foot for the likes of Firmino and Salah.

The Italian bagged 14 goals goals in 48 games in all competitions and for the reported fee of £52 million, he’s an even more exciting addition than Fekir.

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