Liverpool want £34.4m Real Madrid star as Klopp makes ‘promise’

Joe Williams
Liverpool-linked Eduardo Camavinga waits for play to resume

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants the Premier League club to bring in Real Madrid midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, according to reports.

The France international moved to the Bernabeu in the summer transfer window in a deal worth up to €40m (£34.4m) after impressing for Ligue 1 club Rennes.

Camavinga has only managed seven starts in all competitions under Carlo Ancelotti this season with the Italian preferring a midfield three of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Casemiro.

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In December there were reports that Camavinga was in ‘a monumental rage’ over his lack of playing time at the Bernabeu with the midfielder apparently open to loan or permanent offers.

And now Spanish publication Nacional claims that Liverpool ‘do not take their eyes off’ Camavinga as he continues to struggle to get a game at Real Madrid.

The Reds have ‘followed him carefully’ for a while now and ‘considered the possibility of making an offer’ when he was at Rennes, only for Real to be ‘quicker’ in their pursuit.

There is currently ‘no room for him’ in Ancelotti’s side with the 19-year-old ‘not at all happy or satisfied’ with the situation.

Klopp is a huge ‘admirer’ of Camavinga and can ‘promise him much more participation’ at Liverpool as they ‘have a significant hole in the spinal cord’ following the departure of Georginio Wijnaldum to PSG in the summer.

Liverpool, though, are in ‘no hurry to close’ a deal for Camavinga with the report adding that Madrid have ‘no intention of getting rid of him’ so early into his six-year contract.

It is understood that Liverpool ‘will wait as long as it takes’ to land Camavinga and that Klopp ‘will not lose sight of his evolution’.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira has played down the absence of key Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for Sunday’s meeting at Selhurst Park.

Vieira said: “Liverpool is a team. It is not just about those two players they are missing.

“Obviously with those two players they are stronger but there are still a couple of players who are playing well with fantastic talents, so the best way to describe this team, before talking about individual talents, is to talk about the team – and this is a strong team.”