Liverpool transfer roundup: Thiago Alcantara is last as Jurgen Klopp emerges

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Despite clinching his first league title in 30 years this summer, Liverpool have been relatively calm on the transfer front. Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana have left the club, while Greek left-back Kostas Tsimikas was the only arrival before the Premier League return in seven days.

Liverpool are fortunate to have one of the best XIs in world football, but have sometimes lacked depth, especially at the back, hence the arrival of Tsimikas.

Jürgen Klopp will aim to defend his first Premier League title and could engage in other transfer activities before the window closes in October.

Here is the latest roundup of Liverpool transfers.

Wijnaldum and sortie à Anfield



Barcelona are confident to land Gini Wijnaldum

Liverpool could lose one of their most important players this summer, as Georginio Wijnaldum has started to attract interest across Europe.

The Dutch midfielder has been integral to Liverpool’s recent success in the league and Champions League, playing a role many would consider underestimated.

It now seems likely that Wijnaldum will leave Anfield, with Barcelona a likely destination, according to Goal.com.

New Barca boss Ronald Koeman appears determined to team up with his compatriot with whom he worked internationally for the Netherlands. Barcelona are confident they can close a deal given he is in the final year of his contract at Liverpool.

Dutch media Algemeen Dagblad reported that long talks had already taken place and that Barcelona were on the verge of securing the signing of Wijnaldum, as well as compatriot Memphis Depay.

Cryptic Thiago on Transfer Links



Thiago Alcanatara insists he is ‘happy at Bayern’ – but he is targeted by top clubs

Spain midfielder Thiago remained cautious and declined to comment on specific transfer links following Spain’s 1-1 draw against Germany in the UEFA Nations League.

The 29-year-old was due to leave Bayern Munich this summer, but insisted in a post-match interview that he was “happy” to be at the club.

It comes after Bayern head coach Hansi Flick admitted he expected the decorated playmaker to leave the club this summer.

“Bayern is my home and I’m happy to be there,” Thiago told ZDF reporters.

Thiago’s campaign with the German club restarts on September 18 but the transfer window remains open until October 6 – so negotiations over his future could still take place for a month.

Klopp’s eyes clear



Jurgen Klopp should be ruthless in offloading fringe players



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According to Metro, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp is keen to downsize his first team ahead of the new season.

The 53-year-old is known to be ruthless rather than sentimental and the departures of Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren indicate he intends to get rid of a handful of fringe characters.

Many of those who have been suggested for permanent moves have been on loan in recent years, with Harry Wilson, Sheyi Ojo and Ben Woodburn the out door.

Serbian midfielder Marko Grujić could also be set to leave despite encouraging form on loan to Hertha BSC over the past two seasons.

Klopp is believed to be hoping to raise transfer funds from these sales, in case he may need to supplement his squad in the future.

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