Paper Talk: Liverpool draw up four-man list to replace misfiring front three

Date published: Monday 8th March 2021 8:19 - James Marshment

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Liverpool plan to replace their struggling front three – and have four top targets in mind – while Monday’s transfer gossip claims Tottenham are looking to sign an in-form Chelsea star.

KLOPP WANTS TO REPLACE STRUGGLING FRONT THREE

Liverpool have a four-man transfer shortlist to replace their misfiring attackers ahead of the summer transfer window, claims a report.

Mohamed Salah, and particularly Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have been way below their best this season. Indeed, the deposed champions have scored just four times in their last seven games. Their season reached a new nadir with a 1-0 loss to Fulham on Sunday.

Pundit Roy Keane has not held back in a scathing criticism of Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Salah has now scored one goal in his last five Premier League games. Mane and Firmino, meanwhile, have not scored in the Premier League since beating Tottenham on January 28.

Such has been Liverpool’s struggles in attack that Stan Collymore, via the Daily Mirror, claims Klopp is keen to move on all of Salah, Mane and Firmino.

He says there are “whispers” at the club that the trio could be sold if big-money offers come in. Furthermore, he says they already have a four-man list to replace them.

He said: “LFC front 3 have won the lot and may fancy Madrid, Bayern or Juve for a new challenge.

“So don’t discount an overhaul being at least being whispered at LFC.

“Haaland, Grealish, Fati (Barca completely skint) Boadu (couple of Dutch coaches I know love this kid) all on a list.”

Klopp plays down mass Liverpool exodus

Klopp, however, insisted that none of his big hitters would leave Anfield this summer – even if they missed out on the Champions League.

“The club is in a different situation and it will not be an issue with new players I can say that.

“We said it years back if a player does not want to come to us because we don’t play Champions League next season then I don’t want him.

“And if a player wants to leave because we don’t play Champions League then I don’t want him. It is not a personal thing, but it is always

“You always need to find the right squad for the challenges you face. Then you go for it. It is nothing I worry about.”


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MOURINHO IN HUNT FOR RUDIGER

Jose Mourinho is ready to make Antonio Rudiger a top Tottenham target if the defender fails to agree a new Chelsea deal. (Daily Express)

Manchester United are set to make Leeds star Raphinha a top transfer target this summer. (Daily Express)

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane will be sold in the summer transfer window if he does not commit to fresh terms at the Bernabeu. (Daily Express)

Joleon Lescott believes that Tammy Abraham could leave Chelsea at the end of the season amid a lack of game time under Thomas Tuchel. (Daily Express)

Arsenal have reportedly offered a new contract to starlet Kido Taylor-Hart as they look to fend off interest from abroad. (The Sun)

BRIGHTON IN FOR BLACKBURN STAR

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Brighton are set to join the auction for Blackburn striker Adam Armstrong – and give West Ham a run for their money. (The Sun)

Chelsea midfielder Luke McCormick may have played his way into a move to Millwall. (The Sun)

Wigan are set to be taken over by Bahraini-funded group Phoenix 2021 – and backed by solid Middle East cash. (The Sun)

Blackburn are ready to go foreign if they decide to dump Tony Mowbray as boss. (The Sun)

Leeds have a surprise new celebrity fan – in the shape of rapper LL Cool J. (The Sun)

Chelsea are planning to offer Andreas Christensen a new contract following the defender’s superb run of form under Thomas Tuchel. (Daily Telegraph)

AND MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP

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Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has urged Ollie Watkins and Ezri Konsa to aim for England call-ups. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea right-back Reece James insists he has no complaints over missing games amid Thomas Tuchel’s squad rotation. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United have axed US company Toppan Merrill who published their financial results a day early during a test run. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool should cash in on Mohamed Salah if he wants to leave Anfield, according to ex-striker Robbie Fowler. (Daily Mail)

Ryan Christie claimed every Celtic player was hurting badly as their 10-in-a-row campaign petered out in a goalless draw against Dundee United. (The Times)

 

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