Transfer expert reveals Liverpool’s next transfer step after ‘shock’ bid as Klopp lines up Man Utd target

Lewis Oldham
Liverpool target Endo
Wataru Endo in action for VfB Stuttgart.

According to reports, Liverpool could sign two more midfielders this summer after they missed out on Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia to rivals Chelsea.

The Reds made moves for Caicedo and Lavia after Fabinho and Jordan Henderson completed moves to the Saudi Pro League for around £50m combined.

Liverpool have endured a disappointing few days as Chelsea have beat Jurgen Klopp’s side in the race to sign the two midfielders but they are now switching their focus to other targets.

It was revealed on Wednesday night that Liverpool have made a bid for VfB Stuttgart midfielder Wataru Endo and Fabrizio Romano is now reporting that there are ‘very good chances for this deal to happen’ following their ‘shock’ bid.

Romano has also revealed that Liverpool will look to sign ‘one more midfield player’ after the Endo deal is completed.

‘Some exclusive news that came out of the blue – Liverpool have submitted an official bid for Stuttgart captain Wataru Endo. Negotiations are ongoing and advancing very well over the 30-year-old Japanese midfielder,’ Romano told Caught Offside.

‘It’s an unexpected situation but a big opportunity for the player, and he wants to go to Liverpool, so there are very good chances for this deal to happen.

‘I’m told Endo is a very good midfielder – he might not be a star signing, but it looks like an underrated signing for a very professional, hard-working guy who is the typical kind of player appreciated by Jurgen Klopp.

‘Keep an eye on this one and also for Liverpool to sign one more midfield player – remember that they lost both Fabinho and Jordan Henderson, so it’s possible they’ll sign two players, even if it’s not guaranteed.’

READ MORE: Transfer gossip… Liverpool eye Prem pair among midfield quartet to follow £16.2m done deal

Romano has quashed reports suggesting Liverpool are set to sign Man Utd target Sofyan Amrabat but he confirms that they have ‘made contact’ with the player.

‘We’ve also had rumours in the Dutch media of Sofyan Amrabat being on his way to Liverpool. From what I’m told this is not the case as of today – Liverpool have made contact on the player side and club side to be informed on the conditions of the deal, but now it’s on them to submit a proposal,’ Romano added.

‘So far they haven’t made a bid to Fiorentina or to the player, so let’s see what happens. Amrabat has already said yes to Manchester United at the end of June, but after a lot of waiting we’re still waiting for United to submit a bid and for official club-to-club negotiations.

‘Cheick Doucoure is another midfielder who is highly rated by Liverpool and I’m aware of reports that this has been advancing, but he’s also very expensive and Crystal Palace want to keep him.’

READ MORE: Liverpool midfield solution, Mbappe in £783m XI of PL summer targets yet to secure transfers