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Liverpool should make Jose Gimenez their primary summer target

The Uruguayan has been a key figure for Atletico this season.

Josh Kerr

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Despite another likely top-four finish and a first Champions League final in 11 years for Jurgen Klopp’s side, there are still areas in Liverpool‘s team which need to be addressed if they are to launch a more serious title challenge next season.

Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez should be the Reds’ primary summer transfer target for that to happen.

The addition of the world’s most expensive defender, Virgil van Dijk, and arguably the bargain of the season, Andy Robertson, have revitalised a Liverpool defence that has come under severe scrutiny for large parts of the season.

Dejan Lovren has also seen a miraculous change of form since his dismal first half of the season that will likely be rewarded with a starting place in the Champions League final on May 26th.

However, there are still defensive issues and lapses of concentration that argue another defender is definitely needed.

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Van Dijk will undoubtedly be Liverpool’s primary centre-half but the young Gimenez could be the perfect partner for the Dutchman, considering Lovren has been a controversial figure for too long at Anfield.

The Uraguay international is currently one of the best young defenders in Europe and his partnership with the sensational Diego Godin has received a lot of attention in recent months.

His manager Diego Simeone is the game’s current tactical master and his emphasis on defending is why Atletico have been a formidable force in Europe for years.

Under the guidance of Simeone, Atletico have kept more clean sheets (112) than they have conceded goals (107) at home, across all competitions.

Playing alongside arguably one of the best defenders in the world, Gimenez has developed his game drastically and is one of the reasons why his services will not come at a cheap price.

According to Spanish journalist Guillem Balagué, the 24-year-old defender has a €65 million (£57.3 million) release clause in his contract, which may settle some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

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However, considering Liverpool were rewarded in spending big for Van Dijk, the asking price should not be a put-off.

Gimenez has also showcased his physicality in, arguably, the world’s most technical league so a move to the Premier League could come as a positive switch for the Uruguayan.

An aggressive, yet composed, defender should be on the bucket list of all of Europe’s top clubs and Gimenez embodies everything about that.

If it was Liverpool to sign the highly rated youngster it could be the difference in them surpassing the extraordinary highs of this season in the next.

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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£35 million-valued Gianluigi Donnarumma could solve Liverpool’s goalkeeping problem

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According to reports from Italian outlet Corriere Dello Sport, AC Milan have slashed their asking price for highly-rated Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Liverpool are understood to be interested in the 19-year-old keeper and despite the rejuvenated form of Loris Karius, it is a move that will certainly interest Reds supporters.

The teenage goalkeeper is already being labelled as Buffon’s replacement for the Italian national side and, at such a young age, Donnarumma could have up to 20 years at the pinnacle of European football.

AC Milan had been requesting around £61 million for Donnarumma earlier in the year.

However, Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport claims the San Siro club have significantly reduced that valuation, with the seven-time European Cup winners willing to settle for £35 million.

Milan are in desperate need to raise funds following a disappointing season in Serie A which saw them once again miss out on Champions League places.

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Considering his age and the fact he is already one of the highest rated goalkeepers in European football, the asking price comes at a bargain and Liverpool should undoubtedly swoop.

Loris Karius has improved massively since his return to the first team. However, the German goalkeeper still hasn’t managed to fully convince Reds supporters that he is the club’s long-term first choice keeper.

The addition of Donnarumma could also be beneficial for the 24-year-old keeper knowing if he isn’t meeting the required standard, there is one of Europe’s best keepers ready to take his place.

If Liverpool are to match Manchester City next season, they need to ensure their squad is at full strength. Also, Pep Guardiola’s decision to invest in a new goalkeeper last summer paid dividends and was crucial in them walking the league this season.

Reports regarding Donnarumma’s future come at a perfect time and an ideal price for Liverpool. With Roma’s Allison arguably too expensive, and the world-class Gianluigi Buffon at an age which won’t suit the Reds long-term, Donnarumma could be the perfect addition for Jurgen Klopp this summer.

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Liverpool news round-up: Fitness latest; Fekir move planned; midfielder deal imminent

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Milner and Can ready for Saturday

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that midfield duo James Milner and Emre Can will be fit to face Real Madrid in Saturday’s Champions League final in Kiev.

“Millie was clear [he would be fit] and Emre is a surprise,” Klopp told the club’s official website.

“He told me he would come back, try this and that and then we would talk to people. We thought it would be difficult, but he came back and from the first day it was like, ‘OK, that looks good, how do you feel?’ ‘Very good’ and then the next day ‘very good’ again.

“Now he trains completely normal. He’s a nice option and that’s why he is with us.”

Milner missed the final Premier League game of the season with a muscle strain whilst Can has been out since March with a back problem.

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Summer move planned for Fekir

The Telegraph say that Liverpool are planning to up the ante in their move for Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir after the Champions League final with the club confident of getting a deal done for a fee in the region of £60 million.

The 24-year-old is seen as a natural replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who Jurgen Klopp is yet to replace since he departed for Barcelona in January, and is one of the club’s top targets for the summer transfer window.

Can deal imminent

Whilst a transfer saga surrounding Fekir may only just be beginning, one could be coming to an end for midfielder Emre Can. His contract will come to an end this summer and he is now expected to join Juventus on a free transfer with an announcement looking to be closing in.

Gazzetta dello Sport report that Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta expects the deal to be done “within 10 days” as the 24-year-old waits for Liverpool to close their season against Real Madrid in Kiev.

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Dejan Lovren epitomises Liverpool’s progression since previous Real Madrid meeting

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The last time Liverpool played Real Madrid in the Champions League, the approaches of the two clubs could not have been more different.

The clubs played twice in the 2014 group stage, with Los Blancos smashing Liverpool 3-0 at Anfield and winning 1-0 at the Bernabeu.

Dejan Lovren was particularly culpable for the Reds’ first loss at home, as he was torn to shreds by the combination of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.

Nonetheless, much has changed at Liverpool since those weak performances more than three years ago, with centre-back Dejan Lovren representing the Reds’ progression from continental lightweights to European Cup finalists.

In an interview this week with The Guardian, the Croatian defender claimed that the current Liverpool side is unrecognisable from the team that surrendered to Real Madrid in their 2014/15 Champions League campaign.

“The only thing that is similar is the name, Liverpool,” Lovren told the Guardian. “I am so much more confident in the team now than I was then. I feel the team is ready to battle against every team in the world.”

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These confident proclamations mark a fitting response from a player who has come a long way since he first arrived at Anfield.

Lovren has come under immense criticism for his performances at Liverpool, lambasted for a lack of pace, propensity for lapses in concentration, and poor decision making.

And even as recently as October, the Croatian was horribly found out during an abysmal first half performance against Tottenham Hotspur.

Yet, Lovren admirably picked himself up from past disappointment and has become an integral piece of Jurgen Klopp’s defence alongside Virgil van Dijk.

The 28-year-old has played every single minute of the knockout stages in Liverpool’s Champions League campaign, and will surely play a massive role in stifling Real Madrid’s high-octane attack in Kiev.

Dejan Lovren will be hoping for a far different response from Liverpool than their performance some three years ago, and his personal improvement will determine the Reds’ success on Saturday.

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