Liverpool January transfers: Four urgent deals Michael Edwards must start work on now

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Liverpool won’t be looking to make any knee-jerk decisions to West Ham ending their 25-match unbeaten run, but plans will soon be needed to put in place for the January transfer window. Michael Edwards’ contract at Liverpool ends next summer with reports he’s set to leave.

The January window then may present Edwards with his final transfer window in charge of proceedings before leaving his post.

The Reds are very much in contention for the title this season, with Chelsea and Manchester City also going strong.

But transfer dealings in January may prove crucial heading into the backend of the campaign, particularly with the Africa Cup of Nations causing havoc in the schedule.

Express Sport takes a look at four deals Liverpool will urgently need to address come January.

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Jarrod Bowen

During the summer transfer window, Jarrod Bowen appeared to be Liverpool’s favoured option as another attacker to join Klopp’s squad.

They ultimately refused to make an offer, but the 24-year-old showcased exactly why Liverpool were so interested in his star role for West Ham at the weekend.

Klopp has even broken character by praising Bowen, stating last week that he “likes him a lot”.

It’s been suggested that £40million is what West Ham were after in the summer and that price may well have gone up, but he appears to be exactly the kind of player who could thrive under Klopp’s guidance and could prove crucial when Liverpool will be short of attacking options.


A central midfielder

Injuries to Liverpool’s options in midfield almost seem a given over the past 18 months as Klopp has struggled to keep all his players fit for a period of time.

James Milner, Naby Keita, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott are all out injured while Thiago Alcantara is still working his way back to full fitness.

One more injury in midfield and Klopp will be in serious crisis and that must be avoided at all costs with a signing in January.

Yves Bissouma was the top target in the summer with Liverpool – much like in their pursuit of Bowen – opted against making an official approach.

Another attacking option

Bowen may be the main attacking target for Liverpool in January, but an alternative option may also need to be signed.

Takumi Minamino appears out of favour and Divock Origi has shown glimpses that he can step in when required.

But Liverpool are still short of quality back-up options should more than one of their star forwards suffer an injury.

To compete with the likes of Manchester City for the title, that just won’t be enough this season.

Sell Oxlade-Chamberlain for funds

It’s likely that Liverpool will need to sell one or even two squad players to help raise funds and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may be the most obvious choice.

While he’s currently getting game time at Liverpool, he’s struggled to impress on a regular basis.

With just 18 months left on his contract, now might be the best time to sell the 28-year-old with plenty of clubs bound to be interested if he stays fit.

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