Written By Onyeka Daniel
Liverpool have really struggled this season as they seem to have fallen off in the EPL title race and also risk missing out on European football for next season if they don’t improve on their current standing.
While the club is looking for an immediate solution, they’re also keeping an eye on the future, looking to bring in players that can slot into the team now and also have a long term impact at the club.
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Several names have been linked with the club and the latest name is Athletic Bilbao forward, Neco Williams, the younger brother of Inaki Williams. Both brothers will be at the World Cup, but for different countries.
While Inaki opted to play for Ghana, the country of his parents, Neco was among the players selected by the coach of the Spanish national team, Luis Enrique. The 20-years old has established himself as a first team regular for the Basque side in the last 12 months, following in the foot step of his brother and broke into the La Roja senior team at the start of 2022/23.
Liverpool will reportedly send scouts to watch the player in Qatar, as part of their wider plan to make a possible January bid. Williams is under contract at the Estadio San Mames until 2024, after extending his previous deal in June, and Athletic Club will demand a minimum fee of €25 million for the 20-year-old.
He could serve as a replacement for Sadio Mane who left the club to join Bayern Munich at the start of this season, with many linking his exit to the slump being experienced by the Reds.
For Williams, it’s still unclear if he would push for a move if the interest becomes concrete or would he want to stay in Spain and follow in the footsteps of his brother who has made record appearances for the club.
Liverpool have received some good news in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund midfielder, Jude Bellingham, after it was revealed by reports from Spanish news outlet, Sport, that Real Madrid will not be willing to pay over €100 million to sign the English midfielder.
Currently with the English national team at the World Cup in Qatar, Bellingham is widely expected to leave Dortmund next year June with the likes of Liverpool, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea all said to be interested, with the first two being at the forefront for his signature.
Jurgen Klopp is thought to be a huge fan of Bellingham, who is being tipped to be a star of the World Cup for England, and he will be hoping if Madrid’s transfer stance proves to be true, it could open the door for his team to take advantage. Earlier this week it was reported that the player’s representatives will demand ‘concrete offers’ before he makes a decision on his future.
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