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Klopp plots bombshell Man Utd steal to replace one of two Liverpool stars

Jurgen Klopp chats with Paul Pogba after Manchester United beat Liverpool in the FA Cup, January 2021

Jurgen Klopp is considering stealing Paul Pogba from Manchester United to breed new life into his Liverpool midfield, according to one journalist.

Pogba was the complete opposite of impressive in last week’s mauling at Old Trafford. His 15 minute cameo only harmed United further, so one would think Liverpool will have, if anything, been put off of the France international.

However, it seems that’s not the case. Instead, the Reds boss sees his potential upcoming free transfer as a prime opportunity.

That’s according to journalist Ekrem Konur. He tweeted that Klopp is thinking about making Pogba a replacement for James Milner or Thiago.

Milner, 35, has been a versatile dream for Klopp in recent years. Whether at left-back or in midfield, he’s been a very reliable option.

But his time with the club is nearing an end. His contract at Anfield is up at the end of the season.

Thiago, meanwhile, hasn’t set the world alight since linking up with the Merseyside club. He’s been injured for a number of weeks, though is now nearing a return.

And it’s worth noting that Liverpool are also yet to replace Georginio Wijnaldum. He left for PSG with no midfielder coming in this summer.

Therefore, come 2022, Klopp will need a new big presence to feature in the middle of the park.

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Pogba may shockingly be the man he wants. Of course, he would face fierce competition from Real Madrid for the 28-year-old.

Los Blancos are very eager to make Pogba their player. Konur also said in his tweet that they are intent on starting discussions in January.

They want to get ahead of the rest of the competition, so Klopp would have to move fast to oppose them.

Pogba reports wide of the mark

Earlier this week Pogba denied snubbing United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the humbling defeat to Liverpool.

And Solskjaer himself hit out at the report on Friday, saying: “I don’t read social media but when Paul came up to me, angry. We expect to be criticised, hands up, the performance wasn’t good enough,” he said. “We can’t accept when lies are made up.

“Paul told me what he put up on his social media. We’re better than that as a group – the culture, environment is better, we can’t stand for blatant lies. They’ve got to stand up and say so.

“All the opinions and reports, fine, but don’t make up lies about players or me.”

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