Liverpool have suffered a double transfer blow in their respective pursuits of Mahmoud Dahoud and Piotr Zielinski, according to latest reports.
Jurgen Klopp has undoubtedly made strengthening his midfield a priority this summer as he prepares for his first full Premier League campaign in charge of the Reds.
In turn, he’ll be looking to add more new faces to the squad between now and the start of the season, with the likes of Sadio Mane and Joel Matip already signed up.
However, according to the Liverpool Echo, he’ll potentially be forced to consider his options as moves for Dahoud and Zielinski appear to be hitting obstacles.
With regards to Dahoud, Borussia Monchengladbach are said to be uninterested in selling another top player after already losing Granit Xhaka and Havard Nordveit this summer.
As a result, despite Liverpool’s interest in the 20-year-old, it could be dismissed as the Bundesliga outfit look to keep hold of their talented youngster and not see their squad weakened any further.
Meanwhile, the same report claims that Liverpool had a €14m offer for Zielinski rejected last month, and although the Polish ace has insisted that he wants a move to Merseyside, negotiations are on-going.
Given that Udinese are said to have accepted the same level of offer from Napoli, it suggests that they may well be looking to spark a bidding war to ensure that they get as much as possible from Liverpool.
Whether Klopp is willing to oblige remains to be seen, but the German tactician evidently has his work cut out for him if he wishes to sign either of the duo, with doubts continuing to become more prominent over his ability to reach agreements with the respective clubs regardless of the wishes of the two players.