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Liverpool should use Alberto Moreno in Jamaal Lascelles pursuit

The Spaniard is struggling for first-team football at Liverpool.

Mathew Nash

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Liverpool have had an excellent season, making it to the Champions League final and finishing in the Premier League top four. But the building for next season is also set to get underway soon and Liverpool still want to further improve their backline. A new centre-back is set to be targeted and The Independent believe that Jamaal Lascelles could be the man Liverpool turn to, with James Tarkowski of Burnley also mentioned.

Lascelles would obviously be a top option. The Newcastle captain has been an inspiration for the club this campaign and many were surprised he did not make it into Gareth Southgate’s plans for the World Cup.

(during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St. James Park on April 15, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

But he will not come cheap and after Liverpool spent big on Virgil Van Dijk in January the Tyneside club will be pushing the price up.

However, could Liverpool have a secret weapon in the form of Alberto Moreno?

Back in 2015 Rafa Benitez very nearly signed Moreno. The deal with Liverpool was done but, with Alvaro Arbeloa sticking around, Benitez decided Moreno was no longer needed and the deal was pulled off the table.

That was whilst manager at Real Madrid. Moreno would be an excellent option to further improve Newcastle and provide some competition to Paul Dummett in the left-back position.

(during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Liverpool and FC Porto at Anfield on March 6, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Liverpool paid Sevilla around £12 million, as reported by The Telegraph, to sign Moreno back in 2014 but he has struggled for consistency since his arrival at Anfield. This season he has been replaced by Andrew Robertson, after spending most of last season behind James Milner in the pecking order.

Throwing Moreno into any deal would have to see Newcastle decrease the fee they might ask for to let their captain go this summer. Newcastle would be getting their hands on a 25-year-old Spanish international and a handsome sum of money, whilst Liverpool would get their defensive target.

It would be a fine piece of business for both clubs.

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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.

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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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