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Liverpool set to land World Cup winner for ‘way less’ than expected with deal to be completed next week

The Reds are planning for next season already

Liverpool are expected to confirm a deal for Brighton World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister next week, in a move that will cost ‘way less’ than the anticipated £70m fee.

The Reds have moved to strengthen their midfield early this season following a disappointing campaign that saw them finish fifth and without Champions League football to offer next season, consigned instead to the Europa League.

Their no.1 target appears to be Brighton midfielder Alexis Mac Allister, who helped Argentina lift the World Cup in November and was a key part of a Brighton side that managed to land Europa League football of their own in an excellent campaign under Roberto De Zerbi.

The Brighton boss has already confirmed that he will leave this summer, and it is Liverpool leading the race for his signature.

“I think that can be the last game of Alexis and Moises, I’m really sorry. They are two great people and two great players. The policy of Brighton is like this. I think it’s right they can leave, can change teams and play in a level higher”, De Zerbi explained.

“If you ask me about Caicedo and Mac Allister, I love them and they are two big, big players and can be in a big, big European team. They can play in every competition and are ready to compete for a big team and I hope for them they can play in the best team in the world.”

It is set to be the first of several incomings at Anfield this summer, with French duo Manu Kone and Kephren Thuram both linked with moves to Liverpool after Klopp’s side missed out on English pair Jude Bellingham and Mason Mount, who are expected to join Real Madrid and Manchester United respectively.

They are also expected to recruit in defence, with another centre back and a right back on the cards even before potential departures, which could leave them needing to further strengthen at left-back and goalkeeper.

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Ben Browning

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