When RB Leipzig supervisor Ralph Hasenhuttl staunchly declared Saturday that Naby Keita wouldn’t be bought this summer time, Liverpool‘s hopes of signing the central midfielder have been dealt an final blow.

In the meanwhile that’s, as with Keita’s launch clause set to drop to €forty eight million subsequent summer time, Liverpool is more likely to renew its curiosity within the field-to-field runner.

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Hasenhuttl is aware of as a lot, saying, “Till subsequent summer time we’ll hold it closed after which we’ll take a look,” although a look at Liverpool’s squad means that the Merseysiders can’t wait a yr.

Whether or not it is a brief-time period repair to paper over the cracks of shaky squad depth or a excessive-profile addition, Liverpool can be sensible to deal with the difficulty earlier than kicking-off its Premier League marketing campaign with an Aug. 12 go to to Watford.

With that in thoughts, this is a look at a trio of midfield choices for the Reds, one an inner promotion, the opposite two established gamers reportedly linked with summer time exits:

Marko Grujic

Jurgen Klopp, there’s anyone on Line 1 who fancies the gig, and the decision is coming from inside the home.

Signed from Pink Star Belgrade final January earlier than being shipped again to the Serb big on a mid-season mortgage, towering centre-mid Marko Grujic, 21, has impressed for a second pre-season on the bounce.

With a scant 5 substitute Premier League appearances beneath his belt, selling Grujic into a primary-staff midfield that options Jordan Henderson, Emre Can, and Georginio Wijnaldum just isn’t with out its dangers, although if there’s any verity to comparisons with countryman Nemanja Matic, the 6-foot-three thrice-capped worldwide could possibly be a low-value answer.

Leon Goretzka

If there have been any doubts that Leon Goretzka is a bona fide star within the making, the Schalke midfielder dispelled that disbelief with a shocking show for Germany on the Confederations Cup.

Amid reported Bayern Munich curiosity, Goretzka’s present Gelsenkirchen time period has only a season left on it, and for worry of dropping one other participant on a free switch (Joel Matip – Liverpool, Sead KolasinacArsenal) Schalke might fancy making a couple of euros on the 22-yr-previous now.

A textbook field-to-field midfielder, Goretzka is as more likely to break up play with a defensive contribution as he’s expert on the ball, and his 5 league objectives final season promote brief an attacking aptitude that noticed the Bochum product end joint-prime in Russia on three objectives.

Jean Michael Seri

The engine that drove Lucien Favre’s Aiglons to 3rd-place Ligue 1 honours final season, Jean Michael Seri has allegedly drawn the curiosity of Arsenal, Barcelona, Tottenham, and Paris Saint-Germain, and for good cause.

Seri, 26, led France’s prime flight in passes (2,733), possibilities created (seventy four), by means of balls (32), and assists with a tidy ninety % cross completion fee to earn a spot in Ligue 1 Staff of the Yr, although the consensus is that the Ivory Coast worldwide nonetheless has room to additional develop his defensive acuity.

With two years left on his present Good contract, the Cote d’Azur darling faces a battle to maintain maintain of its midfield metronome, particularly with studies stating that a £20-million payment might suffice regardless of a £33-million buyout clause. Ought to that be the case, Liverpool can be mad to not discover the choice of signing Seri.

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