Liverpool report: Reds to rebuild heavily with EIGHT new players linked

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp looks dejected during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leeds United at Anfield on October 29, 2022 in Liverpool, England.
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Liverpool are set for one of their biggest rebuilds in their history, following a poor start to the season.

The Reds slumped to a second consecutive loss to a relegation battler at the weekend, succumbing to a 2-1 loss at home to Leeds United. The result ended Virgil van Dijk's incredible run of 70 home games undefeated and left the Merseysiders way off the pace for top four.

With Jurgen Klopp's squad decimated by injury and reliant on a few stars over the age of 30, plenty expect Liverpool to refresh their roster in January: but the sheer number of links with new players suggests that a huge renovation could be about to take place. 

Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool looks dejected after Crysencio Summerville (not pictured) of Leeds United scores their team's second goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leeds United at Anfield on October 29, 2022 in Liverpool, England.

Virgil van Dijk (left), Roberto Firmino (centre) and Darwin Nunez (right) of Liverpool look dejected after Crysencio Summerville of Leeds United scored the winning goal against Liverpool at Anfield (Image credit: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Liverpool are said to be extremely interested (opens in new tab) in Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Moises Caicedo but the Seagulls are holding out for an eye-watering £85 million for the Ecuadorian star. Frenkie De Jong is also on the radar (opens in new tab) for the Reds, while Bruno Guimaraes is an ambitious target (opens in new tab) for £60m, along with Bundesliga-based Jude Bellingham and Jamal Musiala who have both been touted for moves. 

While the midfield is a big issue at Anfield right now, however, the defence may yet be strengthened with Antonio Silva of Benfica being linked (opens in new tab), too. In attack, Borussia Dortmund star Youssoufa Moukoko is rumoured (opens in new tab), while CalcioMercato (opens in new tab) claim that Liverpool want to sign Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.

It is almost impossible that the Merseysiders will sign all eight stars being linked with the club – but such an influx of transfer rumours certainly suggests that big moves will be made in the summer. 

Of Liverpool's squad, James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Thiago, Joel Matip, Roberto Firmino, Virgil van Dijk, Alisson and Mohamed Salah are all 30 or over. Fabinho and Andy Robertson are 29 and 28 respectively – and Liverpool fans may expect at least a few of those names to depart next summer. 

James Milner's Perfect XI

James Milner is one of several Liverpool players over 30 who have come under fire during a poor start to the season  (Image credit: Getty Images)

Liverpool spent around £85m in the summer bringing in players of an average age of 22, according to Transfermarkt (opens in new tab). The previous season saw them bring in stars for £78m, while in 2020/21, their new signings cost around £75m. 

In 2019/20, the season that they won the title, Liverpool spent just under £10m for the whole campaign. Compared to the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal who have refreshed their squads with nine-figure transfer outlays in successive summers, the Reds have been modest – meaning a rebuild could be due.

How Liverpool could look after a rebuild in the summer

How Liverpool could look after a rebuild in the summer (Image credit: Future)

Liverpool currently sit ninth in the Premier League with four wins, four draws and four losses after 12 matches. 

The Reds face Napoli in the Champions League this week. 

More Liverpool stories

Liverpool continue to be linked with a move for Jude Bellingham, with a deal now potentially more likely after Bayern Munich ruled themselves out of signing the Borussia Dortmund and England star. It's also been reported that they're keeping tabs on Bayern and Germany hotshot Jamal Musiala.

In other transfer news, the Reds are said to be interested in an MLS wonderkid and a striker dubbed 'the next Erling Haaland'.

Meanwhile, in an effort to get his struggling side clicking again, Jurgen Klopp has made quite a radical tactical change: could 4-4-2 be the way forward for Liverpool?

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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.