After a dismal start to the season that saw Liverpool fail to win any of their opening three league games, Jurgen Klopp finally admitted that his side needed some fresh legs in midfield:
“We are looking for it,” said Klopp.
“If it is the right player, we need him. If it is not the right player, we don’t need him.”
Asked specifically whether he wanted to sign someone, Klopp replied: “That changed, of course. I know we have had this discussion since it all started and I am the one who said we don’t need a midfielder and you were all right and I was wrong. That’s the situation.”
Following those comments, Liverpool have smashed Bournemouth 9-0, but that does not change the fact they are in need of a box-to-box option who can preferably play on the right of a three-man midfield.
But with less than a week of the transfer window to go, Liverpool may have a hard time finding the right player.
And now, the Evening Standard have provided an update on Liverpool’s midfielder hunt and it is not looking too great.
They report that neither Jude Bellingham nor Ruben Neves look set to join Liverpool before this week’s transfer deadline.
England international Bellingham looks primed to stay at Borussia Dortmund, whose sporting director Sebastian Kehl told Sky 90: “I hope that Jude Bellingham will stay at BVB beyond 2023. I can see he feels super comfortable with us.”
As for Neves, Bruno Lage confirmed on Sunday after the midfielder scored in Wolves’ 1-1 draw with Newcastle that Neves is likely to stay put:
“I can confirm I’m 99 per cent sure that Ruben Neves will stay at Wolverhampton this summer,” Lage told Sky Sports.