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Liverpool drop interest in proven midfielder as scouts suggest Klopp style wouldn’t suit him

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool have decided against competing for one of the most desirable midfielder transfers of the summer, according to a report.

It is no secret that Liverpool are looking to make some signings in midfield this summer. They will need to find replacements for Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who they will be releasing.

James Milner also faces an uncertain future, while some players who will still be under contract have underperformed this season, such as Fabinho.

Therefore, Liverpool are ready to address their shortfalls in midfield. Since last summer, they have been linked with 49 players in that territory.

However, one of the options has fallen way down their shortlist, so it seems. According to Football Insider, Liverpool have dropped their interest in Youri Tielemans.

The Belgium international will be available on a free transfer in the summer when his Leicester City contract expires. After proving himself in the Premier League, he should be appealing to many clubs.

TEAMtalk exclusively revealed on Monday that Arsenal have been discussing a deal for Tielemans. However, we also understand that many clubs have been put off by his wage demands.

It seems Liverpool have additional concerns on top of that. Per Football Insider, their scouts have suggested that he isn’t mobile enough to function in a Jurgen Klopp team.

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This isn’t the first time Liverpool have swerved away from Tielemans. They could have taken him last summer, but reportedly had concerns about adding a high earner onto their wage bill.

Liverpool’s withdrawal from the race could come as a boost to the other clubs who have been considering Tielemans, such as Arsenal and Newcastle United.

Liverpool identify more suitable alternatives to Tielemans

The report claims Liverpool are more likely to focus on Jude Bellingham and Mason Mount as their priority targets in midfield.

Currently with Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea respectively, both of them will cost a significant transfer fee. However, if they are more suitable for Klopp’s style, it may well be worth Liverpool paying those prices.

Indeed, Bellingham and Mount can be classed as more dynamic midfielders than Tielemans. That said, the Leicester man has still managed to score four goals from 29 appearances in all competitions so far this season.

Liverpool might regret ruling him out so soon if he goes on to thrive with one of their direct rivals. But if they end up with Bellingham or Mount – or both – they might have the last laugh after all.

Until the transfer window opens, Liverpool will need to keep their options open. But even if Tielemans is no longer in contention to join them, they have a long enough shortlist beyond Bellingham and Mount to fall back on.