Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp decides Renato Sanches January transfer stance amid £18m links

Liverpool: Thiago shoots some hoops – with a twist

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has made a decision over making a move to sign Renato Sanches from Lille in the January transfer window. Reports had suggested the Reds were interested, but that no longer seems to be the case.

Liverpool are set for a quiet January transfer window.

The Reds had been tipped to dip into the market in order to reinforce their squad for the second half of the season.

Injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho had led to speculation that they would use the winter window to buy players to bulk out the senior squad.

But it now seems Liverpool are unlikely to make any signings in January, at least for players to join the first-team squad.

Sanches had been touted as one potential target, with the Lille midfielder attracting attention from the Premier League.

The young Portuguese star has been ever-present for Lille this season, bar for a muscle injury.

He’s looked a completely different player to the youngster who joined Swansea on loan from Bayern Munich in 2017 and struggled with life in England.

His performances have seen him become rumoured as a potential target for Liverpool, who are preparing for life after Georginio Wijnaldum.

The Dutch midfielder is under contract until next season, and Liverpool are waiting to hear if he will sign an extension or leave for nothing.

But according to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool have no interest in making a move for Sanches in January.

Klopp is apparently content with his current playing squad, and doesn’t feel the need to invest in January.

The German boss is desperate to see Wijnaldum stay next summer despite interest from Barcelona, and recently expressed that he is still positive over the situation.

“I am pretty happy with Gini. You can see that when you see most of the line-ups! He always played well, that’s why he played so many games. And he has played plenty of positions, different positions,” he said.

“He’s in a good moment, thank God! Long may it continue.

“There is nothing else to say about it.

“As long as nothing is decided, then everything is possible. I’m positive.”

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