Liverpool transfer round-up: Real Madrid reject Rodrygo approach as Origi interest emerges

Liverpool transfer round-up: Real Madrid reject Rodrygo approach as Origi interest emerges

Liverpool are in the thick of their busiest period of the season and are currently preparing for Thursday’s match against Newcastle after getting past Aston Villa.

Squad rotation is on the mind of Jurgen Klopp, who is trying his best to keep players fresh and injury-free as the fixtures mount up.

But the Liverpool boss will also have half an eye on the upcoming transfer window, with incomings and outgoings on the cards at Anfield.

The looming prospect of the African Cup of Nations has led to rumours around forwards to lessen the blow of losing Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah for a month.

Meanwhile, there are players on the fringes of the first team who could seek pastures new once the January transfer window opens.

Let Mirror Football take you through the latest transfer rumours involving Liverpool.

Real won’t sell Rodrygo

Real Madrid are not interested in selling Rodrygo
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One of the forwards who has been linked with the Reds in recent weeks is Real Madrid star Rodrygo.

Spanish outlet El Nacional reported that Liverpool were interested in the 20-year-old over the summer and could return to him in January.

The report says Klopp ‘still insists’ on his signing and that they could offer £68million (€80m) for his services.

However, transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano has poured cold water on that rumour, claiming that Real have no plans to offload Rodrygo, who has two goals and three assists in 20 appearances under Carlo Ancelotti this season.

He is already under contract until June 2025, but Romano reports that the club will soon discuss handing him improved terms to ward off interest from elsewhere.

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Serie A interest in Origi

AC Milan are interested in Divock Origi after he scored against them last week
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Divock Origi has shown his worth to Liverpool over the past 10 days, scoring winners against Wolves and AC Milan.

Klopp has spoken glowingly about the Belgian striker, who has waited patiently for his chance before stepping up with crucial goals. But Klopp knows he might not be able to hang onto his impact player.

“If I would be in another club I would go for him,” he said after his 94th-minute winner against Wolves. “I thought that would happen because he didn’t have fantastic game time.”

That eventuality could materialise, with Tuttomercato reporting that both AC Milan and Atalanta are interested in signing him.

Milan want a replacement for the ageing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while Atalanta are planning for life with Luis Muriel, although both are reportedly unsure about his wage demands.

Phillips not available for loan

Nat Phillips would be allowed to leave in January for £10m
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Nat Phillips is another Liverpool player not getting as much game time as he would like – and another who could leave in January.

Phillips, who fractured his cheekbone against AC Milan last week, has played just three times this season after coming close to leaving the club in the summer.

There is plenty of interest in the 24-year-old centre-back and Liverpool have outlined their stance on his possible exit.

The Reds would be willing to sanction his exit, but only as a permanent transfer, not a loan, according to The Sun.

West Ham are interested after losing Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma to injuries and Liverpool are looking for a deal worth around £10m for Phillips.

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