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Liverpool set to raid German market for top target

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: David Balogh/Getty Images

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: David Balogh/Getty Images

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: David Balogh/Getty Images

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp WILL be given money to spend as he looks to reboot his outgoing champions - with RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate emerging as a key target.

At the age of 21, Konate is viewed as one of the best young centre-backs in the game and sources close to the player have suggested he would relish the chance to play under Klopp at Liverpool in a deal that could be worth around £34million.

Klopp was denied the chance to make major signings in the January transfer window despite a major defensive injury crisis, yet we understand the club's owners appreciated the need to fund a squad rebuild ahead of the start of next season.

Liverpool have suffered a financial hit well in excess of £100million from the Covid-19 pandemic, but Anfield chiefs were preparing a shake-up of Klopp's squad before their hopes for this season were wrecked by a crippling injury crisis and they are sticking to that plan.

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Manchester United's Mason Greenwood in action with RB Leipzig's Ibrahima Konate. Photo: Annegret Hilse/Pool via Reuters

Manchester United's Mason Greenwood in action with RB Leipzig's Ibrahima Konate. Photo: Annegret Hilse/Pool via Reuters

Manchester United's Mason Greenwood in action with RB Leipzig's Ibrahima Konate. Photo: Annegret Hilse/Pool via Reuters

With fans set to return to Premier League grounds for the final two games of this season and the prospect of full stadiums for the start of next season, revenue flow is set to expand rapidly for all club and that will entice Liverpool into transfer activity.

Huge doubts remain over the Liverpool future of star man Mohamed Salah, but Klopp will be handed funds to invest in his squad even if all of his big name stars all remain at the club.

Anfield chiefs have vowed to do everything they can to keep Salah despite constant links with a move away, but they could raise funds by selling Joel Matip, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi, with Klopp assuring Anfield chiefs that he is fully committed to the challenge of getting his side back on track next season after recent speculation over his own future.

Meanwhile, Liverpool great John Arne Riise has hinted Klopp could have done more to halt his side's slide in fortunes over the last few months, as he believes he has failed to adapt to the challenges thrown before him.

"I’m not a manager of Klopp’s standards and I can’t tell him what to do, but it feels like he could have done more to stop this run," Riise tells Sunday World.

"They don’t have (Virgil) Van Dijk or (Joe) Gomez, who are quick and can cover the balls over the top. They don’t have Fabinho and (Jordan) Henderson and (Gini) Wijnaldum every game to win the ball in the middle, so this is why I feel they could have changed their tactics a little."

Read our exclusive interview with John Arne Riise and John Aldridge's column on Liverpool in this weekend's Sunday World.

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