2023 will be an important year for Liverpool. I’ve said a few times that they are focused on signing a new midfielder and this is an important point, but there could be even more to come in 2023. In the summer they will be in the race for Jude Bellingham, along with the likes of Real Madrid.
Still, there is important news, because Julian Ward has decided to leave Liverpool at the end of this season. He will complete the season but then he wants a break from football, just a few months after replacing Michael Edwards at Anfield.
It’s not just Julian Ward, it’s also Ian Graham, another key figure behind the scenes. The transfer team will change and there will be a lot of rebuilding, and a change of the structure.
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We know that Jurgen Klopp remains an important part of this project - he’s the man, he signed a new contract not so long ago, and he will continue at Liverpool. Still, the team around him will change, and it’s an important time for the club. We will have to see how this changes what they do in the market, but they are likely to sign more than one midfielder, because Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita could both leave.
Liverpool are not, however, in negotiations for Endrick. The Palmeiras wonderkid has been linked with LFC, but my understanding is that it is the same three clubs in the race - Chelsea, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
All of them are still in the race, and PSG are the only club to have made an official proposal a few days ago, but from what I am told there is still no agreement with Palmeiras. The clubs will also need to find an agreement with the player and his family, not just his club. PSG are still there, Chelsea are absolutely still there, and Real Madrid have an excellent relationship with his agents. Let’s see what happens.
Konrad Laimer was one of the players on Liverpool’s list in the summer, but in the end it didn’t happen because RB Leipzig didn’t want to sell a player without enough time to replace him. Still, now the priority of the player is to join Bayern Munich in the summer when he’s a free agent. Laimer to Bayern is something concrete, he’s been wanted by Julian Nagelsmann since June 2021, so that’s the most likely move, even though there are links with Liverpool and Chelsea.
💬 Liverpool fans, how are you feeling about all these changes? And Chelsea fans, how do you rate your chances of signing Endrick? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!