What Jurgen Klopp has said about Liverpool transfer target Pascal Gross

Pascal Gross has emerged as a reported Liverpool January transfer target (Picture: Getty)Liverpool are considering a £15million January bid for Brighton playmaker Pascal Gross, according to reports.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently top of the table following an unbeaten start to their campaign and are two points clear of Manchester City after the champions tasted defeat for the first time this season at Chelsea on Saturday.

Despite their impressive form, Klopp has been forced to field questions in recent weeks about the composition of his midfield, amid suggestions the likes of James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum do not offer enough creativity.

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Gross enjoyed a spectacular debut Premier League campaign with Brighton, registering eight assists and scoring seven goals as Chris Hughton’s side comfortably avoided relegation.

The former Ingolstadt playmaker has found the going tougher this time around and suffered an injury in September which ruled him out for six weeks.

He is yet to return to the form he regularly displayed last term at the Falmer Stadium which drew plaudits from Klopp nearly 12 months ago.

Liverpool’s midfield has been accused of lacking creativity this season (Picture: Getty)Klopp said: ‘I have known him since he was a kid. He is a fantastic player that has made another big step physical wise.

‘He has a nice right foot, is good at set-pieces and a nice shooter. He is a smart player and I like him.’

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Manchester United and Liverpool wanted to sign Jorginho ahead of Chelsea

Jorginho was wanted by Manchester United and Liverpool in the summer (AMA/Getty Images)Manchester United and Liverpool wanted to sign Jorginho before the midfielder joined Chelsea, according to the player’s agent.

Jorginho joined Chelsea in a £57 million deal from Napoli in the summer but the Italy international had attracted interest from several clubs around Europe.

But the 26-year-old was keep to link back up with Maurizio Sarri after thriving in his system at Napoli.

‘There had been calls from Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea,’ Jorginho’s agent Joao Santos told ESPN Brasil.

‘In a way, all the great English clubs saw Jorginho because he was already in the Italian team.

Jorginho has already become a key part of Chelsea’s system (Getty Images)‘From this, they came for him and he went to Chelsea based on an agreement with Napoli.

‘Jorginho still had two years of contract and the last word was from Napoli.

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‘In that moment, the best deal for Napoli was Chelsea.

‘It was not only the financial proposal, but also the power and the will of Napoli weighed heavily, who did not want to sell him because they would have to invest a lot to get a replacement.

‘It would not be an immediate replacement.’

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Lyon president explains why Nabil Fekir’s transfer to Liverpool broke down

The Frenchman was on the verge of moving to Anfield over the summer (Picture: Getty)Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says Nabil Fekir’s transfer to Liverpool did not collapse over fears about a long-standing knee problem.

The Frenchman looked set to move to Anfield in a £58million deal – with some reports even suggesting he had taken pictures in the shirt and filmed his welcome interview – but Liverpool pulled the plug at the eleventh hour.

Fekir ruptured his ACL three years ago and has had knee problems ever since, though Aulas insists that was not the reason the deal fell apart.

Fekir looked destined to join Liverpool over the summer (Picture: Getty)‘At the final moment, the three parties did not find an agreement, but not just Liverpool & Lyon, who had had an agreement,’ Aulas told RMC.

‘There was a change of heart from Liverpool’s point of view, as we were in a tight situation in that Nabil was about to go to the World Cup, we decided to finish [the talks].

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‘Nabil at the time was ok with all of that.’

On whether Fekir’s knee was the issue, Aulas continued: ‘I think it was one of the arguments that was used on the Liverpool side, but personally I do not think it was the real reason.’

Aulas is hoping to tie Fekir down to a new contract (Picture: Getty)There have been suggestions that Liverpool could reignite their interest in Fekir, while Chelsea have also been credited with interest, but Aulas does not think the playmaker will leave and is looking to agree a contract extension.

He added: ‘I do not think that he wants to [leave in January]. So, especially in the moment that we are in, with a chance to qualify for the Champions League and definitely being in the Europa League, I don’t imagine that Nabil could leave this summer.’

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Liverpool ‘in contact’ with Paris Saint-Germain over Adrien Rabiot transfer

Rabiot seems set to leave PSG (Picture: Getty)Liverpool are in talks with Paris Saint-Germain over the potential transfer of Adrien Rabiot, according to reports.

The PSG midfielder is in the midst of a contract stand-off with his club, refusing to sign a new deal.

Rabiot’s deal expires in the summer and several top clubs are eager to snap up the Frenchman on a free transfer.

Barcelona and Liverpool are in talks with PSG (Picture: Getty)L’Equipe claim Liverpool and Barcelona are in ‘contact’ with PSG about Rabiot.

PSG want Rabiot to sign a new deal, but are thought to be desperate to ensure he does not sign for Barcelona.

Since Neymar swapped Barcelona for Paris, relations between between the two clubs have soured.

(Picture: Getty)That could give Liverpool a major advantage over Barcelona, although there are claims Rabiot wants to join the La Liga giants.

If Rabiot does run down his contract, he will be free to chose the club he wants to play for.

The 23-year-old is thought to be unhappy with his wages at PSG, compared to some of the superstar salaries in the squad.

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PSG do not want Rabiot to join Barcelona (Picture: Getty)Rabiot earns £55,000-a-week, while Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are on contracts upwards of £200,000-a-week.

Liverpool and Barcelona are not the only side to have made contact with PSG, as Metro.co.uk understands Manchester City are keen on a move.

Jurgen Klopp is keen for another midfielder after failing in his bid to sign Nabil Fekir from Lyon.

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Joe Gomez speaks out on suffering a leg fracture vs Burnley

Gomez has played an important part this season for Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Joe Gomez has vowed to comeback even stronger after suffering a leg fracture in Liverpool’s recent 3-1 win over Burnley.

Gomez was stretchered off the pitch following a collision with Ben Mee and he now looks set to miss six weeks with the injury.

The England international took to social media on Friday to provide the fans with an update, and he looked in positive spirits doing so.

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‘Hi everyone, it’s Joe. I just wanted to say thank you to you all for your kind messages and well wishes,’ said Gomez.

‘Obviously I’m gutted to have picked up the injury, but thankfully it’s not too serious and one that I can definitely be back strong from soon.

‘I will do my best to come back as quickly as possible and hopefully I will be back with you guys soon, so thank you.’

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The 21-year-old is set to miss the entire festive period, which is traditionally the busiest time of the club football calendar in England.

This period for the Reds includes vital matches against Napoli on December 11, Manchester United on December 12 and Arsenal on December 29.

A reasonable return date for Gomez would be Liverpool’s clash against Crystal Palace on January 19.

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Maurizio Sarri breaks silence on Christian Pulisic transfer rumours

Christian Pulisic is a target for Chelsea and Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri refused to be drawn on reports that the Blues have submitted an official bid for Dortmund star Christian Pulisic.

The American winger has made no secret of his desire to move to the Premier League and has 18 months to run on his deal at Dortmund.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is an admirer of the Dortmund ace but reports on Monday claimed Chelsea had opened the bidding for Pulisic by submitting a £70m bid.

Sarri is keen to add more firepower to his squad and the Italian refused to deny Chelsea had made their move for Pulisic today.

Pulisic has 18 months to run on his Dortmund deal‘I don’t want to talk about a player from another club,’ said Sarri.

Though the amount of Chelsea’s bid was not specified, it’s claimed it was well below Dortmund’s £70million valuation of the winger.

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Dortmund are determined to keep the winger but are resigned to losing him in the summer.

Chelsea would ideally like to agree a fee with the Bundesliga giants now and the deal would allow Pulisic to stay at the club for the remainder of the season.

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Fabinho speaks out on Liverpool exit rumours after Paris Saint-Germain transfer link

Fabinho wants to remain at Liverpool (TF-Images/Getty Images)Fabinho insists he has no plans to leave Liverpool after being linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Brazil international has a slow start at Anfield after he was signed in a £43.7 million deal from Monaco in the summer.

The 25-year-old has only started five games in all competitions this season and reports have claimed that PSG are looking to sign him in the January transfer window.

But Fabinho insists he has ‘no reason to leave’ Liverpool.

‘He [Jurgen Klopp] did not give a lot of explanations, but in training I talked so I would not be discouraged and concentrate on work, without lowering my head, [I knew] the opportunities could come in,’ Fabinho told UOL.

Fabinho says Jurgen Klopp did not give him many explanations as to why he was left out (Getty Images)Now I just want to increase my number of games.

‘In the last few matches I’ve played more and I believe that playing a good role.

‘Since football is very intense here, I have to be very well prepared when the opportunity arises.

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‘I was told there was something in the press, but I never said I would like to leave Liverpool.

‘I was aware that I needed to have the patience to wait for my moment.

‘I’m happy at Liverpool, there’s no reason for me to leave.’

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Chelsea submit offer for Christian Pulisic but Borussia Dortmund star dreams of Liverpool transfer

Chelsea have reportedly tabled an offer for Christian Pulisic (Picture: Getty)Chelsea have submitted an official offer for Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic, according to reports.

Despite Chelsea’s fine start to the 2018-19 season, manager Maurizio Sarri is keen to strengthen his squad in January and Pulisic has emerged as a top target.

The United States international has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, having starred in the Bundesliga for Dortmund over the past two years.

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The Evening Standard say Chelsea spoke to the German club on Friday and asked to sign the 20-year-old when the transfer window re-opens in January.

But it is claimed the bid from the Premier League club was well below Dortmund’s asking price, which has been set at £70million.

Pulisic feels his performances warrant a big-money move and is refusing to discuss an extension, with his current deal set to expire in the summer of 2020.

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Pulisic has impressed for Borussia Dortmund and the United States (Picture: Getty)Chelsea are determined to sign a top-class winger with Eden Hazard strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid and Pedro and Willian in the twilight of their careers.

The west London club are optimistic of striking a deal for Pulisic but the Standard say he would rather join Liverpool to be reunited with his former manager Jurgen Klopp.

After losing to Tottenham last weekend in a result that ended Sarri’s unbeaten run as Chelsea manager, the Blues returned to winning ways on Sunday, beating Fulham 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea, who are currently third in the Premier League, face Wolves on Wednesday.

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Manchester United enter race with Chelsea and Liverpool to sign Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic is on Manchester United’s radar (TF-Images/Getty Images)Manchester United are in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic ahead of Chelsea, according to reports.

The 20-year-old is regarded as one of the top young prospects in the Bundesliga and is being monitored by several clubs across Europe.

Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move, with reports claiming that the United States international is viewed as a potential replacement for Eden Hazard.

Liverpool are also said to be interested in a deal as Jurgen Klopp remains a huge admirer.

But according to SportBild, Liverpool and Chelsea will face competition from United as they are considering a move next summer.

Pulisic will have a year remaining on his deal with Dortmund next summer (Getty Images)The report also claims that Chelsea want to sign Pulisic in the upcoming January window, but Dortmund are unwilling to allow the winger to leave midway through the campaign.

Pulisic will only have a year remaining on his contract at the end of the season and Dortmund will reportedly accept an offer of £70m.

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The midfielder has also admitted he would be keen to move to the Premier League.

‘England, the Premier League, is a league where lots of kids dream of playing so there is no reason why maybe one day I won’t play here,’ Pulisic said earlier this month.

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Fabinho’s wife brilliantly shuts down Liverpool exit rumours

Fabinho has struggled to make an impact at Liverpool since his big-money move (Picture: Getty)Fabinho’s wife Rebeca Tavares has shut down *those* Liverpool exit rumours in style with a priceless post on Twitter.

The 25-year-old midfielder has had a frustrating time since completing a £42.7million from Monaco to Liverpool in the summer, only making three starts under Jurgen Klopp in the Premier League.

Reports suggest Paris Saint-Germain are interesting in bringing Fabinho back to Ligue 1 and could speak to the Brazilian when the side face Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday evening.

It’s claimed PSG are plotting a move in January and are hopeful of securing Fabinho on an initial loan deal with a mandatory option to buy.

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Thiago Motta and Giovani Lo Celso both left PSG in the summer and Thomas Tuchel is keen to bring in midfield reinforcements this winter.

‘We need a third top-level player to be able to play a 4-3-3,’ Tuchel said last month.

However, Fabinho’s wife branded the speculation ‘fake news’ on Twitter…

Klopp insisted last week that Fabinho’s long-term future remains with Liverpool and labelled the rumours ‘crazy’.

‘[Fabinho] is settling. He’s played three of the last four and he did well,’ Klopp said.

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‘Now the most intense period of the season is coming up and he has used his time to adjust to what we want.

‘And of course he will not leave. That would be completely crazy. It’s the world we are in where people don’t play for a few games and they are open for a transfer.’

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