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There’s not a great deal to complain about at Liverpool right now – bar the usual injuries and Mohamed Salah and Wataru Endo’s absences on international duty this month

With Jurgen Klopp’s side firing across all cylinders.

Top of the Premier League after 20 fixtures, there is a growing belief that the Anfield side could claim their second league title under Klopp’s leadership,

Also into the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup and the knockout stage of the Europa League.

January 2019 was the last time the Reds opted not to strengthen the ranks at the season’s midpoint,

And while Luis Diaz and Cody Gakpo’s additions over the past two years suggest that business could be done this month,

Last summer’s sweeping changes mean that it is unlikely anything drastic will happen.

Joel Matip is out for the season but Jarell Quansah’s rise to the fore has come at the perfect time,

With Endo’s recent displays anchoring the midfield suggesting that heavy spending is not needed in that department.

Liverpool wants to sign Michael Olise

According to Football Insider, Michael Olise’s new release clause with Crystal Palace is well in excess of £40m,

With Liverpool – alongside Chelsea and Manchester City – interested in securing his signature.

Chelsea activated Olise’s £35m release clause in August but a completed deal never materialised

And the Eagles convinced their star attacker to sign fresh terms, raising the buyout in his contract.

Liverpool have been sending scouts to observe the France U21 international in action for the past few months and will be at the front of the race to sign him in the summer.

Palace signed Olise from Championship club Reading for only £8m in 2021, and after an impressive debut

Campaign that saw him clinch 12 direct goal contributions from just 16 starts across all competitions,

The whiz posted 11 assists from 31 starts during the 2022/23 league campaign.

Inventive, artful and industrious, Olise embodies the application and dynamism that Klopp demands in a player,

And it would be wise to ensure that moves are made to stand a good chance of closing a deal in several months.


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