Liverpool transfer round-up as highly-rated youngsters linked with exit

Liverpool are entering a Premier League season as defending champions for the first time and with that a target has been placed on their back.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have all strengthened over the summer window, while the Reds have made just one signing: Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos for £11.75 million.

Liverpool continue to be linked with a number of players, though, and with the window not closing until October 5, there is still time to make moves.

Here are three of three biggest and most intriguing Liverpool transfer stories.

Liverpool open to possibility of selling young forward

Rhian Brewster could be on his way out of Liverpool this summer, with the Premier League champions open to the notion of selling the young forward.

A number of clubs have registered their interest in Brewster after an impressive second half of last season on loan at Swansea City in the Championship, with Aston Villa, Newcastle, Burnley, Brighton, Crystal Palace and Fulham all believed to be circling.

Liverpool had hoped to find a Premier League club or leading European equivalent to take Brewster on loan for the 2020/21 season to continue his development.

However, the Echo now understands the Reds would be willing to sell Brewster for the right price in order to raise funds for transfer moves of their own.

Klopp to adapt midfielder instead of signing new centre back

The sale of Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg led to suggestions that Liverpool would enter the market for a new centre back this summer, but Jurgen Klopp has a plan.

The Echo understands Fabinho will be used as a fourth-choice central defender this season, meaning the Anfield club are not expected to move for a direct replacement for Lovren in this transfer window.

Ben White had been identified as a potential target after impressing on loan at Leeds United from Brighton in the Championship last season, but the 22-year-old signed a new contract to stay on the south coast.

Alongside Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez has earned his place as a key figure for Liverpool, but the young defender’s patchy injury record means Klopp must find a player capable of deputising for him.

Wilson back training as Liverpool still to receive acceptable offer

Harry Wilson was back in training with his Liverpool teammates on Tuesday with the Premier League champions still to receive an offer they deem acceptable for the winger.

The 23-year-old spent last season on loan at Bournemouth and is among a number of players, including the likes of Loris Karius, Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri, the Anfield club are willing to let leave this summer.

Liverpool value Wilson at £20 million, but no offer for the Welshman has come close to that mark despite interest from Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Leeds United, Newcastle United and Southampton.

It’s reported that Villa are leading the pursuit to sign the 23-year-old, although the Midlands club are willing to only go as high as £12 million in their offer for the player.

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