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Liverpool would be foolish not to consider Toby Alderweireld’s availability this summer

The 29-year-old would bring a huge amount of quality to Jurgen Klopp’s side.

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Liverpool should make it their transfer priority to lure Tottenham and Belgium international defender Toby Alderweireld to Anfield this summer.

The 29-year-old has been one of the standout defenders in the Premier League in recent seasons, and a move for the former Southampton player could be the transfer that establishes the Reds as a title contender next season.

According to Bleacher Report, Liverpool are in the market for another defender and Alderwiereld is one player very much in the Champions League finalists sights.

The Belgium international has been stuck in a contract stand-off with Spurs for the past few months, and a swoop for one of the world’s best defenders would see the perfect partner for Virgil van Dijk at Anfield.

The former Ajax man has been linked with a move away from North London, with Sky Sports reporting some of Europe’s biggest teams interest in the Tottenham defender.

However, Liverpool must make it their priority to sign the former Atletico Madrid centre-back who is entering the last year of his Spurs contract.

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The addition of Alderwiereld will take the Reds to the next level defensively. His outstanding range of passing and his reading of the game is up there with the best.

Liverpool’s defence has come under severe scrutiny for large periods of the season.

However, the addition of Van Dijk gave the team that authoritative leader that steadied the ship and he has been crucial in the Reds reaching their 8th Champions League final since his January move from Southampton.

Alderweireld would come as the perfect partner to the Netherlands captain, and the Belgian would be the perfect player to suits Klopp’s philosophy.

His organisation, ability to read the game and confidence in leading the back line is second to none. Like other great players, he makes those around him better and has been fundamental to Pochettino’s success in recent years.

With the majority of Europe likely keeping tabs on the player, it’s unlikely that Liverpool will be favourites to sign the Spurs defender.

However, it would be criminal for Klopp and his board to not be considering a player of his stature if the Reds are to kick on and challenge for the league.

According to Sky Sports, this current deal contains a clause which would allow him to leave the club for £25 million before the end of the 2019 transfer window.

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With Davison Sanchez replacing Alderwiereld in Pochettino’s starting eleven in recent weeks, it could encourage Levy that Spurs can afford to cash in on a player that has only featured 11 times in the league for the Lilywhites this season.

Although it is unlikely that Tottenham will want to sell to a top-four rival, with the right fee and if Alderweireld helped force the move, Liverpool could perhaps encourage the Belgian to stay in the Premier League and make a move up North. Especially, if they are crowned Champions League winners before the end of the season.

Alderweireld would surely be the final piece of the puzzle to Liverpool’s back-four and, with the club boasting one of the world’s most formidable attacking line ups, it could prove an addition that sets the Reds up as a contender for England’s most significant prize next season.

I am a freelance sports journalist currently studying sports journalism at Staffordshire University with a passion for all things football. I'm a keen supporter of Liverpool Football Club, as well as my local side Forest Green Rovers. I've worked for online newspaper VAVEL UK as well as a media assistant for Chester FC in the Vanarama National League.

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Three reasons Danny Ward’s Leicester City move makes perfect sense

The Welshman looks set to move to the King Power.

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On Thursday, Sky Sports reported that Leicester City had agreed a £10 million fee for Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward.

The transfer makes sense for both parties, after Liverpool added goalkeeping talent that would have restricted Ward’s opportunities even more.

Here are three reasons why the switch is a smart one for the Welshman.

Alisson’s arrival extinguished Ward’s Liverpool hopes

Liverpool completed the signing of Roma goalkeeper Alisson after a prolonged transfer saga, which pushed Ward even further down the pecking order at Anfield.

Since joining in 2012, the Welsh international has made a grand total of three first team appearances for the Reds. The lack of minutes meant it was time for Ward to move on, and the addition of one of the best goalkeepers in the world confirmed that decision.

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Ward will enjoy increased playing time

In Percy’s tweet announcing the deal between the two clubs, he claimed Ward was being brought in to compete with Kasper Schmeichel, not to be a replacement.

But it is hard to ignore reports from Sky Sports that Chelsea are targeting the Danish goalkeeper, who might be tempted to move to Stamford Bridge as a replacement for the outgoing Thibaut Courtois.

Nevertheless, if Schmeichel stays Ward would still have the opportunity to play consistent football in cup competitions, which is much more than he enjoyed at Anfield.

The Welsh number one spot could soon be his

With a smart move to the King Power Stadium, Ward could possibly claim the Leicester number one role. And with positive performances, he could add to his four Wales caps and make a case to become the Welsh number one.

At only 25 years of age, he has plenty of time to ignite his international career, and at the perfect time due to the expanded Euro and World Cup fields.

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How Liverpool fans reacted to signing of Roma’s Alisson Becker

Liverpool have been in the market for a goalkeeper throughout this transfer window.

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Premier League giants Liverpool made a real statement of intent on Thursday evening when they completed the signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker who arrives at Anfield from Roma.

The Daily Mail confirmed the £65 million deal late last night and it is a move that is sure to send a message to the rest of the top flight with the Reds seemingly meaning business when it comes to challenging for the title next season.

It has been a well courted situation that boss Jurgen Klopp has been in the market for a new custodian following high profile errors by current stoppers Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius during last season.

The German boss has finally got his man and the real pressure is now on the Reds’ boss who, following a glut of new arrivals, is now under pressure to deliver some much needed silverware to the football club.

The Brazilian number one kept 17 clean sheets for the Serie A outfit last term and was an instrumental part of Roma’s team that reached the semi-final of the Champions League before losing out to Liverpool over two legs.

As with any transfer deal, the world of Twitter has reacted and TBR Football looked at exactly what some Liverpool fans were saying about this deal…

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Liverpool fans should ignore Jurgen Klopp’s claims that spending has ended

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Speaking after confirming the signing of Alisson Becker, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp stated that he does not expect the club to make any further signings this summer despite ongoing speculation.

Exits are expected with doubts surrounding several members of the squad who may depart Merseyside in the remaining few weeks of the summer transfer window, but the German was clear that he is not looking for many signings.

Yet there may still be reasons for Liverpool fans to believe that Klopp could turn out to be wrong with his assumption.

“We have everything that we need for the next season, I don’t think that we will do any more (signings), I’m pretty sure…”

Jurgen Klopp made the claim after the signing of Alisson was confirmed.

The immediate reaction was, perhaps surprisingly, one of disappointment with many fans thinking of one man in particular in the form of Nabil Fekir.

Negotiations broke down in June before the World Cup and had gone quiet, though Dominic King of the Daily Mail claimed that the deal was dead in the water, despite coming only 24 hours after Dean Jones of Bleacher Report suggested that talks had begun again.

News that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss all of the 2018/19 campaign with a number of knee ligament injuries has sparked fears about the lack of depth in attacking midfield, with no real replacement having been found for Philippe Coutinho.

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It is worth remembering that only a week ago the Liverpool Echo said that Klopp was public with his desire to give Danny Ward a shot as number one, yet seven days later he is on his way to Leicester City after a fee was agreed, according to Sky Sports.

Klopp is no stranger to playing with the media and will do whatever he can to strengthen his club’s negotiating hand, yet fans could be forgiven for retaining hope of a deal for Fekir.

What may affect the reality is whether or not Olympique Lyonnais are prepared to sell this summer, as the Reds showed last summer that they would prefer to wait for their man rather than shop for alternatives, with a move for Virgil Van Dijk being dragged over into the next window.

Either way, Liverpool fans can have little to complain about the dealings that have been done in this summer’s transfer window with Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson Becker all having arrived.

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