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Perfect Klopp player to cost £50m, as Liverpool spy bargain Aston Villa signing too

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, Crystal Palace midfielder Cheick Doucoure, Aston Villa midfielder Boubacar Kamara

Two new names – both from within the Premier League – are being courted by Liverpool who may need a pair of additions if Fabinho and Jordan Henderson both leave, per reports.

The Reds acted quickly when adding Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai to their ranks within the first few weeks of the window. However, from a purely numbers perspective, Klopp’s midfield has been decimated.

Indeed, Leighton Clarkson (Aberdeen), Arthur Melo (loan expiry), Naby Keita (Werder Bremen), James Milner (Brighton) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (unattached) have all left.

Makeshift midfielder Fabio Carvalho has joined RB Leipzig on loan, while Fabinho and club captain Henderson could quickly join the exodus too.

Henderson has agreed a three-year deal worth around £700,000-a-week with Steven Gerrard’s Al Ettifaq. The Reds are using Chelsea’s £20m sale of Kalidou Koulibaly to Al Hilal as a benchmark in their negotiations with Al Ettifaq.

Fabinho, meanwhile, is wanted at Al Ittihad and the Brazilian’s proposed £40m more is closer to completion than Henderson’s. Fabinho was left out of Liverpool’s pre-season tour of Germany as a result.

Liverpool would be left without an established holding midfielder if Fabinho departs. Stefan Bajcetic is on the books, though has just 11 EPL appearances to his name.

The Reds were always going to sign a holding midfielder even if Henderson and Fabinho remained. If both leave, a second defensive midfielder, thus bringing the engine room recruits to four, could soon become a necessity and no longer a luxury.

All manner of midfielders are reportedly on Liverpool’s radar. Aside from younger options such as Romeo Lavia and Ryan Gravenberch, the Liverpool Echo claimed veteran targets who’d make an instant impact like Joao Palhinha are being monitored too.

However, according to a fresh update from the Athletic, two new names have been added to Liverpool’s shortlist – Cheick Doucoure and Boubacar Kamara.

Doucoure, Kamara the perfect age; both have Prem experience

Doucoure, 23, was named Crystal Palace’s player of the season in his first attempt last year. The Mali international was a £26m signing from Lens and dominated the midfield at Selhurst Park.

In lieu of his stellar first season in England, the Athletic state Palace would seek around £50m before parting ways. That is the same fee Liverpool are being quoted by Southampton for Romeo Lavia and Palace have taken note.

Elsewhere, Aston Villa’s Kamara is a completely new name on Liverpool’s radar. Like Doucoure, Kamara moved to England after impressing in Ligue 1, this time with Marseille.

Kamara was the ultimate bargain upon joining Villa as a free agent. Knee and ankle injuries restricted the 23-year-old to 24 league outings, though the classy France international certainly made his mark when fit.

The Athletic don’t suggest how much Kamara might cost. What’s more, Villa – who are on an upwards trajectory under Unai Emery – would no doubt he dead set against selling.

As such, a hefty fee will surely be required for a player who could generate Villa a gigantic profit if cashing in.

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