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two deals Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp set to be handed a DOUBLE transfer boost

Liverpool's owners set to saction £50million defensive swoop


Jurgen Klopp was unhappy with his team’s efforts against Newcastle (Clive Brunskill/PA)

Jurgen Klopp was unhappy with his team’s efforts against Newcastle (Clive Brunskill/PA)

Jurgen Klopp was unhappy with his team’s efforts against Newcastle (Clive Brunskill/PA)

Liverpool's owners are set to hand manager Jurgen Klopp a timely lift, as they close in on a deals to sign RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate AND on-loan defender Ozan Kabak.

The Sunday World revealed they were targeting Konate last month, with talks now at an advanced stage over a five-year deal for the French centre-back in a deal that will cost £34million.

Yet Konate's arrival will not block Liverpool's efforts to make Kabak's loan deal from Schalke permanent, with sources in Germany confirming they expect the Turkish defender to join Liverpool in an £18million deal.

The double swoop will be a huge boost to boss Klopp after he admitted his side are blowing their chances of securing a place in next season's Champions League after a 1-1 draw against Newcastle at Anfield on Saturday.

Sunday World columnist and former Liverpool striker John Aldridge believes the duel defensive swoop is needed, as he believes Joel Matip could be on his way out of Anfield this summer, as he suggested the controversy around Liverpool's decision to sign up and then pull out of the European Super League could work in Klopp's favour.

"It will be interesting to see whether the owners look to spend some money this summer in a bid to get the fans back on side after the Super League nightmare," Aldo told us.

"It looks like Konate is coming in and they should also sign Kabak. He is 21, has settled well at Anfield and could be a player to develop in the next couple of years.


Liverpool centre-back Ozan Kabak

Liverpool centre-back Ozan Kabak

Liverpool centre-back Ozan Kabak

"When Virgil van Dijk returns, a lot of Liverpool's defensive problems will be solved and Konate and Kabak would be good potential partners for him.

"I'd expect Joel Matip to leave this summer and there might even be interest in Nat Phillips after his effort this season, so Liverpool will need a couple of new defenders."

Liverpool's efforts to attract big name stars this summer will be hit if they are not playing Champions League football next season, with their hopes taking a further hit after Newcastle's late equaliser at Anfield on Saturday, but Aldridge is convinced Klopp will remain in place next season despite his public criticism of the club's decision to sign up for the Super League.

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"I expect plenty of players to be leaving this summer and that will free up cash for new signings," he adds. "Clearly, they badly need a striker as the goals have dried up and that is the biggest problem in the team right now."

Read John Aldridge's verdict on what needs to happen next for Liverpool in this weekend's Sunday World.

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