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Liverpool ‘tracking’ La Liga ace as Klopp ponders next addition with two European stars on watchlist

Ben Stewart
Barcelona, Spain. 09th Oct, 2022. FC BARCELONA vs RC CELTA October 9,2022 Gavi (30) of FC Barcelona (left) challenges Gabri Veiga of Celta during the match between FC Barcelona and RC Celta

Liverpool are in the market for midfielders this summer and Fabrizio Romano has provided the latest information when it comes to their transfer targets.

The Reds have had an excellent start to their summer transfer business with the capture of Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister.

Jurgen Klopp’s side ended up paying a mere £35m for his services in the end. This means that Liverpool will have more funds to use on another midfielder.

Liverpool’s midfielders didn’t chip in with many goal contributions last season and Klopp is keen to rectify that next season.

The club also want to sign a more defensive-minded midfielder, but adding another attacking midfielder does also interest Klopp.

Borussia Monchengladbach’s Manu Kone and Nice’s Khephren Thuram are top targets for Liverpool in the more defensive role.

However, Celta Vigo’s Gabri Veiga is also a player they are interested in. Fabrizio Romano has clarified the latest details of their midfield hunt.

“I think that they are completely different players,” Romano told CaughtOffside when discussing Veiga as an alternative to Thuram.

“Liverpool have a list of different players: Manu Kone, Thuram and Gabri Veiga. I think based on the fee and the opportunities that they will find in the market, they will decide what kind of opportunity they will attack.

“So at the moment, it is not something decided. Thuram remains in conversations with Liverpool, same for Manu Kone and his agents who are having conversations and exchanges with Liverpool. Gabri Veiga is appreciated, they are tracking him; so this is the situation at the moment, nothing else.”

Liverpool need a good window

There’s no doubt that Liverpool fell below expectations this season as they missed out on the top four.

Veiga would be an exciting addition for Liverpool without doubt. In La Liga this season, the 21-year-old scored 11 goals and provided four assists.

His defensive output is also admirable, winning an average of 1.2 tackles per game. Veiga is contracted with Celta Vigo until the summer of 2026.

Time will tell if the lack of Champions League football will cost them in the transfer market, but Klopp’s side should still be able to attract some top targets.

They have made an excellent start to their business with Mac Allister. However, there is still plenty of work to be done in this window.

Along with signing some midfield reinforcements, Liverpool also have their sights set on some other positions.

Klopp is keen to strengthen Liverpool’s backline and the club could still sign another forward to replace Roberto Firmino.

It is worth considering that Liverpool will have the added burden of Europa League football to contend with next season.

As the Reds will be working with a more congested fixture list, it will be important that they have adequate depth in every department.

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