Liverpool: Klopp opposed to Premier League COVID break
Sven Botman has been the subject of several rumours amid a potential switch to the Premier League, with reports claiming Liverpool and Manchester United are keen on the Lille defender. However, it has now been claimed that the Reds will not make a move for the 20-year-old.
Manchester United appear to have been given a free run at signing Sven Botman with Liverpool reportedly not in the running to sign the Lille star.
Botman has been the subject of several rumours amid a potential switch to the Premier League.
Sunday World had claimed that Liverpool are pursuing the 20-year-old as they look to land cover for Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, who have both been ruled out for most of the season.
Klopp is believed to be planning to sign a young defender to help his side, rather than an established superstar.
But The Athletic journalist James Pearce insists that the Reds are not in the running for Botman.
He tweeted: “No talks over a deal for Sven Botman. Liverpool not considering a move for him. Sounds like someone is trying to drive up the price/interest in the Lille defender.”
That would leave Manchester United with a free run at signing Botman as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to build a title-challenging side.
The Red Devils need improvements defensively if they’re to challenge Liverpool for the title.
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And club chief Ed Woodward insists that the club are on the right path to get back on their perch at the top.
“There is much to be excited about on the pitch as Ole and the team head into the New Year competing strongly in the Premier League and with three cups still to pursue,” said Woodward.
“The team’s positive form has lifted all our spirits in recent weeks, winning seven and drawing two of our last nine domestic games.
“There are many positive statistics showing the progress made under Ole in the past year. But they tell only part of the story.
“Just as important is the work we see being done behind the scenes to build a winning culture consistent with the club’s traditions of attacking football played by youthful, hard-working teams fusing homegrown talent with top-class recruits.
“We are getting closer to [competing at the top of the Premier League table] as the squad continues to develop following the arrivals of Bruno Fernandes, Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani.
“As always, our priority is to win trophies and, with the team going into the New Year competing on four fronts, we are optimistic about the path ahead in 2021.”
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