De Jong one of many midfielders linked with Liverpool after Klopp transfer U-turn

Date published: Saturday 27th August 2022 9:31 - Jason Soutar

Frenkie de Jong during a match

Jurgen Klopp admits he was “wrong” on the need for midfield reinforcements, with Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong emerging as a top target for Liverpool.

Fingers are being pointed at Klopp’s midfield following the club’s torrid start to the season.

Defeat at Manchester United on Monday leaves the Reds in search of their first victory in the Premier League this term.

James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Harvey Elliott started at Old Trafford with Thiago, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all out injured.

Liverpool wrapped up their summer transfer business very swiftly, bringing in Fabio Carvalho, Darwin Nunez and Calvin Ramsay for a combined £74million.

Klopp previously said the club were finished in the market and would not bring in any more new faces, however, the German manager has U-turned, revealing that Liverpool “need a midfielder”.

“I’m the one who said we don’t need a midfielder, you were all right and I was wrong,” he told reporters on Friday.

“That specific point doesn’t change – if we do something it has to be the right one.

“As you can imagine, we are actually working constantly on these kind of things, and there are reasons why it is sometimes not happening – sometimes too expensive, sometimes not the right player – but then the situation changes.”

Unsurprisingly, plenty of names are now being linked with a move to Anfield.

Earlier this week, Spanish outlet Futbol Total claimed Liverpool are interested in Barcelona midfielder and Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong.

And a report from the Mirror states that there are ‘suggestions of interest’ in the 25-year-old Dutch international.

The same report links the Reds with Brighton midfielder and fellow Manchester United target Moises Caicedo, though Albion are reluctant to sell.

Unsurprisingly, Jude Bellingham is mentioned, but it is once again reiterated that Borussia Dortmund have no interest in selling the Englishman this summer.

Paris Saint-Germain’s Leandro Paredes is ‘possibly too old’ at the ripe age of 28 to be considered by Klopp, meanwhile, Lyon’s Houssem Aouar used to be a top target for Liverpool, but it would be a surprise to see him join the Merseyside club.

90min have thrown RB Leipzig midfielder Konrad Laimer and Wolves playmaker Ruben Neves into the mix.

Laimer has entered the final 12 months of his contract and is reportedly hoping to join Bayern Munich this month or as a free agent next summer.

The Austrian would be a cheaper alternative to Neves – who could cost anywhere between £50m-£100m.

Speaking last week, Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff insisted that Laimer is likely to remain at the club this summer.

“I assume that Konny will stay. But the transfer window is still open and we’re still holding a few conversations,” Mintzlaff said.

“The tendency is very, very large for him to stay with us.”

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