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Liverpool transfer round-up: Reds tipped to move for Brentford man as Alisson back-up – Mirror Online

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool ended the summer transfer window on a quiet note, as the defending Premier League champions secured their main targets in September.

The arrivals of Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota have already boosted the Reds’ early season
performances, with Klopp’s side winning three of their first four Premier League games in
2020/21.

However, despite securing some crucial new faces this summer, Klopp faces a growing concern over his goalkeeping situation, with Alisson sidelined until November and deputy Adrian conceding seven goals against Aston Villa.

Klopp could bring in a new keeper before the EFL window closes on October 16, and we look at the latest transfer rumours swirling around Anfield.

David Raya is touted as a potential No 2
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Former Premier League star Darren Bent tips Reds for David Raya move

Liverpool should move for Brentford goalkeeper David Raya as Alisson’s back-up option,
according to former England international Darren Bent.

Raya played an ever-present role in The Bees’ promotion push last season, with Mikel Arteta’s
Arsenal rumoured to be tracking the Spaniard during the summer.

However, despite lacking top-flight experience, Bent told an interview with Football Insider, he could be a perfect fit at Anfield.

“For me, I think it is an issue they need to address. But where can you find a back-up
goalkeeper now?” he said.

“We are talking about the Premier League champions so it shouldn’t be hard, but where do
you get a goalkeeper that’s happy to play for six weeks (until Alisson returns) and then go back on the bench?

“It is a concern because they have seen first-hand what happens when you don’t have an
adequate back-up goalkeeper.

“The only one I can think of as a potentially good back-up goalkeeper is David Raya.

“At the highest level, you can’t rely on one goalkeeper.

“The days of Brad Friedel or David James, where you can go so long without getting an injury,
seem to be a thing of the past, you need two very good goalkeepers now.”

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Stoke City awaiting Liverpool offer for Jack Butland

An alternative goalkeeping option for Klopp could potentially be Stoke City stopper Jack
Butland.

The Reds have been regularly linked with the England international stretching as far back as
Brendan Rodgers’ time in charge at the club.

Reports from the Stoke Sentinel claim the Championship club are prepared for a bid and could be willing to sell for £5million to remove one of their highest earners off the club’s wage bill.

Butland is out of contract at the bet365 Stadium at the end of the season, and with Michael
O’Neill opting for Adam Davies as his No.1 in the opening weeks of the campaign, he could be happy to move on and return to the Premier League.

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Jack Butland is another option for the Reds
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Liverpool linked with 2021 move for RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano

Liverpool could step up their interest in RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano in the coming
months ahead of a possible summer 2021 offer.

Klopp was rumoured to be monitoring the highly rated 21-year-old this summer, alongside Brighton’s Ben White, as a potential long-term replacement for the outgoing Dejan Lovren.

Despite opting against a move ahead of the current campaign, reports from the Liverpool Echo claim the Reds will spark a bidding war when his £40m release clause is activated next
summer.

Upamecano only signed a contract extension with the Bundesliga club in July, but one of the
stipulations of the deal included an exit clause should a suitable offer be received.

Liverpool are not the only side keeping an eye on his situation at the Red Bull Arena with
Manchester United, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Barcelona all tracking the French
international.

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