9 players who Liverpool could realistically sign in the January transfer window
Kylian Mbappe, Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Tiemoue Bakayoko all departed the Stade Louis II stadium after last season’s magnificent title triumph, but Monaco put their foot down as far as Fabinho was concerned.
The former full-back has been converted into a holding midfielder in the principality, catching the eye with his sharp passing and tough tackling. Already out of both Champions League and Ligue 1 title race, Monaco could be tempted by a big January offer for the 24-year-old.
With Jordan Henderson still yet to convince as the deepest player in the Reds’ engine room, Klopp would be wise to test the French champions’ resolve.
Kevin Trapp (PSG)
Liverpool should make Roma's Alisson their principal goalkeeping target this month, but if he proves out of reach then PSG net-minder Trapp would be a decent alternative. The German has found himself out of favour at Parc des Princes this term, afforded only two league starts by manager Unai Emery as academy product Alphonse Areola cements his position as the club’s new No.1.
Trapp would almost certainly welcome a move to Liverpool, admitting in November: “I really need to play because the national team coach has insisted that I need to be performing with my club.”
Comfortable with the ball at his feet and a commanding figure inside the penalty area, the 27-year-old could be an astute addition to the Reds’ ranks.
Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Club)
Laporte is another centre-half who should be on Liverpool’s wish list. Powerful in the air and quick across the ground, the Athletic Club defender also excels at bringing the ball out from the back and setting his side on the attack with long diagonals or passes through the lines.
The 23-year-old’s buyout clause stands at around £58m, but Liverpool might not necessary have to go that high to land him. And while Athletic won’t want to lose Laporte mid-season, as we all know, every player has a price.