Liverpool have unwittingly helped Man Utd chief John Murtough land £70m Casemiro transfer

Jurgen Klopp previews Liverpool's trip to Man Utd

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Liverpool might have unwittingly helped Manchester United sign Casemiro from Real Madrid after failing to sign Aurelien Tchouameni this summer. The Reds were widely linked with a move for the Frenchman in a bid to improve Jurgen Klopp’s midfield. 

Tchouameni only had eyes for Madrid, with Liverpool failing in their pursuit. The 22-year-old had publicly flirted with a switch to Los Blancos from Monaco long before he completed his £70million transfer. 

That move has now prompted Casemiro’s transfer to United. According to several reports, Casemiro has been concerned by the arrivals of several midfielders over the last couple of years and has sought a fresh challenge. 

The defensive midfielder was used as a substitute in last weekend’s 2-1 victory over Almeria and his long-term future appeared to be unclear. 

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On Friday evening, United confirmed that they have reached an agreement to sign the 30-year-old. The BBC report that a whopping £70million fee has been agreed between the Premier League and La Liga clubs. 

And the move can be linked back to Liverpool not signing Tchouameni. Had Real Madrid not signed the France international, Casemiro might not have joined United. 

Liverpool are not expected to sign a midfielder this summer despite several injuries in the position, and the growing need for a younger player in the position. Thiago Alcantara and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have already suffered mid to long-term injuries.

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Klopp is happy with his options, though. He has used the impressive Harvey Elliott in midfield in games against Fulham and Crystal Palace, while fellow teenager Fabio Carvalho can also play in the position. 

“I know what will now come up, it’s clear. We said we don’t need a midfielder because we have enough – and we actually have enough, but the problem now is we get punished for something that is not our responsibility really because things like this can happen,” Klopp said after Thiago hobbled off against Fulham on the opening weekend of the season. 

“Look, a transfer must make sense now and in the long term – we have midfielders, we have still enough midfielders. It is not that we lack midfielders, but it’s just some of them are injured. This is not a good situation, I don’t like it at all, but we have to see how we react on that – but for sure not panicking.”

Liverpool have been linked with Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham. However, the England starlet is seen as a long-term target who could be signed in a future transfer window. 

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