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Liverpool stance hands Man Utd unexpected lift in midfielder transfer pursuit

James Marshment
Denis Zakaria, Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder during Bundesliga game v Borussia Dortmund

Liverpool are reportedly no longer considering a move to sign Denis Zakaria after a telling update from a trusted source.

The 25-year-old midfielder Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder has caught the eye since a 2017 move. However, with his deal expiring in just six months, attention is very much growing for the Switzerland international.

Liverpool are reportedly after a new midfielder as they look to bolster their ranks. In fact, the likes of Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham and Aurelien Tchouameni of Monaco are two such names on their radar.

Nevertheless, the chance to sign Zakaria on a free has also seen him linked with Anfield. As such, reports on Friday claim they are ‘serious candidates’ for his signature.

However, according to the Liverpool Echo, the Reds have no interest in acquiring Zakaria. Citing Anfield insiders, Jurgen Klopp and his staff have no plans to make a move for the player at this moment in time.

Furthermore, Klopp has no plans to strengthen his midfield before the January window shuts. Despite having struggled for numbers in the area this season, they state the Reds are no nearing a full contigent of options.

Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, James Milner and Curtis Jones are all available for the Reds’ trip to Crystal Palace on Sunday. Indeed, Jones has impressed since his return to the side following a bout of Covid and is a player Klopp very much trusts.

In addition, Liverpool soon hope they can count again on Thiago Alcantara after the international break. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will soon be back, while Harvey Elliott is also nearing a return.

Liverpool’s Denis Zakaria interest cools

As such, the Reds are not in the running to sign a player, who is still expected to leave this month.

Manchester United and Liverpool receive major boost in Denis Zakaria pursuit

Both Manchester United and Liverpool have reportedly been handed a major boost in their pursuit of Borussia Monchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria, with more new son Florian Neuhaus and Sergio Gomez.

With his future still very much in the open, Manchester United are one of those sides reportedly considering an approach.

Indeed, Fabrizio Romano recently named the Red Devils as one of the teams considering Zakaria in an “open race”.

‘Manchester United have made no bid for Denis Zakaria as things stand,’ he wrote. ‘The option has been discussed as he’s appreciated by Ralf Rangnick – but there’s still no official bid to Borussia.

‘More than four clubs already working to sign Zakaria as a free agent in July.’

Liverpool told perfect Salah replacement

Liverpool, meanwhile, are being urged to sign Jarrod Bowen if Mohamed Salah leaves this summer.

Bowen, 25, has reached new levels with the Hammers this season. In 32 appearances this season, he has nine goals and eight assists. An England call-up also looks to be imminent.

And, speaking to talkSPORT, Tony Cascarino has revealed why he wants Liverpool to bring him in should Salah depart.

“I actually thought, if we lost Mo Salah, who could we logically go after?” the boyhood Reds fan asked.

“Well, the lad Bowen at West Ham ticks all those boxes. He’s tenacious, he chases everything and is decent technically, but not extraordinary.

“I keep thinking who would fit into that Liverpool frontline because Klopp loves those kinds of players in wide areas, who will chase and hassle players. He does all the ugly things for his team, and will always get chances.”

Cascarino added: “Klopp seems to love players that are really tenacious who will never give up and will chase.

“They don’t have to be technically absolutely brilliant, because Mane’s not, they’re good, but they’re not technical geniuses like when you look at Bernardo Silva, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne.

“They’re not like that, but they’re all tenacious, he really loves that.”

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