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Liverpool transfer news and rumours for 2021 summer transfer window as Grujic leaves

Daily Mirror
Daily Mirror
 2021-07-19

Liverpool are once again scheming on the transfer front as they bid to wrestle back the Premier League title from Manchester City.

Manager Jurgen Klopp goes into the new season searching to replace Georginio Wijnaldum in midfield and add another dimension to a faltering attack.

Things started brightly with highly-rated French centre-back Ibrahima Konate signing in May from RB Leipzig for £36 million.

However, news on incomings has been quiet since, with the only pre-season positives being the return of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez to training, while no reports of any other stars leaving have emerged.

The Reds fan base is levelling its frustration with the club’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, thanks to a so-far underwhelming summer transfer window.

Nevertheless, there is no shortage of news and speculation doing the rounds and Mirror Football has it all here for you, every day of the week.

Liverpool contract chaos

Contract complications at the club are threatening to break apart the group of players which have brought the club success in recent seasons.

Manager Jurgen Klopp has 11 players with deals that expire in 2023 which means they may need to sell their stars next summer or risk them leaving for free a year later.

Among those players at risk is captain and England international Jordan Henderson.

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Liverpool star Marko Grujic has signed for Porto

Grujic leaves the Reds

Marko Grujic has officially left Liverpool for Portuguese club Porto.

The star was on loan at the Portuguese club last season and impressed so much they have signed him permanently.

Grujic was Klopp's first signing when he joined the Reds in 2016 and the club have wished him all the best in future.

Liverpool enter race for Saul

The Reds have launched their bid to sign Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez, according to the Daily Mail.

The midfielder had been close to a season-long loan deal swap with Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann but it's understood that has fallen through after both parties couldn't agree a fee.

Liverpool have now entered the race for the star but face competition from Manchester United.

Henderson future uncertain

Tuesday morning saw a shock story for Liverpool supporters regarding their captain.

The Athletic reported that while talks over an extension between Jordan Henderson and the club have taken place, no significant progress has been made.

Although negotiations are said to have not broken down with dialogue continuing, the situation is sensitive and complicated.

With Henderson's contract expiring in the summer of 2023, there is no particular rush, but Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino is believed to be keeping a close eye on developments at Anfield.

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Jordan Henderson is reportedly considering his Liverpool future (Image: Getty Images)

Atletico Madrid are also said to be in the mix due to the 31-year-old Henderson still being good friends with Luis Suarez, who would relish the prospect of being reunited with his former Reds team-mate at the Spanish champions.

The situation is certainly uncertain, but Liverpool will not want to lose their skipper for free and without a ready-made replacement.

United edging Saul race

Mundo Deportivo journalist Francesc Aguilar, via Sportlens, says that Premier League rivals Manchester United have jumped ahead of the Reds in the race to sign Saul Niguez from Atletico this summer.

Saul has recently been involved in a potential swap deal between the La Liga title winners and Barcelona that would see Antoine Griezmann return to the Wanda Metropolitano.

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With that move stalling due to Barca's valuation of Griezmann, Aguilar claims that the Spanish midfielder's agent, Jonathan Barnett, is now advancing the negotiations with United, who are said to have moved into pole position for the 26-year-old.

Saul possesses similar qualities to Wijnaldum, so would be an adept replacement, but is now seeming tough to acquire.

Phillips a target for Brighton

Brighton are preparing a bid for defender Nat Phillips, according to The Athletic.

The centre-back emerged as an unlikely hero for Liverpool last term, with his physical prowess proving crucial to Klopp and co's spring upturn in form.

The Seagulls reportedly see Phillips as the ideal replacement for Ben White, set to join Arsenal for £50 million, so funds should be available.

Graham Potter's side are not alone in their interest but have marked the towering 24-year-old "leading contender" to replace the berth left vacant by White.

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