Liverpool leading Barcelona race for £25m star Jurgen Klopp wants to replace Divock Origi

Liverpool: Klopp admits team must improve to make top four

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Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing PSV Eindhoven forward Donyell Malen this summer. The 22-year-old has netted 17 goals in 29 Eredivisie appearances so far this season and he spent time in Arsenal’s youth setup before joining PSV.

According to a report from Dutch publication Voetbal International, Liverpool are leading the race to sign Malen in the upcoming transfer window.

The report claims that Barcelona are also eyeing a move for the Dutchman, but the Reds are said to be in pole position.

Divock Origi is widely expected to leave the club at the end of the season and it is claimed that manager Jurgen Klopp views Malen as an ideal replacement.

With PSV’s finances affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, several players are expected to depart and Malen could be sold for just £25m.

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Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp believes the Reds need to make three new signings this summer.

Redknapp believes Liverpool need an extra forward, like Malen, to support the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

Speaking on the Sky Sports podcast, he said: “You always want to freshen it up.

“I think defensively, they’ll definitely be looking for a centre back.

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“In a way, I think they probably did the right thing not going out and spending a lot of money in January on a player they didn’t quite know was going to be a complete success.

“Van Dijk and Gomez are top players so when they get back and you get through this period, that will be your partnership again.

“But you need someone who will take the pressure off them in case you get another injury. That’s an area I’m sure they’ll address.

“Wijnaldum looks like he will be leaving so I wouldn’t be surprised if they signed a new midfielder as well.

“From an attacking point of view, if Liverpool don’t get Champions League, it might give players an opportunity to say, ‘I want to go’.

“They might have a problem there with Mo Salah. He might say that, but I doubt he will.

“The fans will want to see players like Mbappe, Haaland, Kane, players of that ilk. They shouldn’t panic but they need to sign players who they know will make the team stronger.

“‘I think they will be looking at a defender, a midfielder and another forward because you need to be ready and you need to freshen it up. I wouldn’t be surprised by that.”

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