Liverpool transfer news: Klopp wants £22.5m target, Reds star turned down Man United and £33.5m striker on radar

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Liverpool could be lining up some significant moves in the January transfer window if speculation on Saturday is anything to go by.

Jurgen Klopp’s men are well placed in third in the Premier League table, although the setback against Bournemouth last weekend has left them four points adrift of leaders Chelsea.

While the short-term focus will be on bouncing back against West Ham United on Sunday, the German tactician could also have one eye on January on how he can strengthen his squad.

According to the Metro, taken from a report in the printed version of Corriere dello Sport, one player that he wants to bolster his team with is Atalanta starlet Franck Kessie, who will reportedly cost £22.5m.

The 19-year-old has been in good form so far this season with five goals in 13 appearances, and with Sadio Mane off on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations in the New Year coupled with Danny Ings’ injury and Daniel Sturridge still being sidelined, Klopp needs depth.

Meanwhile, another option could be Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez who is said to possibly be at the centre of a transfer battle between Liverpool and Tottenham.

The former Manchester United striker has rediscovered his form in front of goal in Germany, scoring 33 goals in 60 appearances since joining the Bundesliga outfit last summer.

However, as per The Mirror, he could be set for a return to England in January with both Liverpool and Tottenham keen on signing him.

If true, it will cost them, as it’s claimed that the Mexican international has a £33.5m clause in his contract and so it will test how much the interested parties want him.

Elsewhere, Divock Origi has endeared himself to the Anfield faithful further by revealing that he turned down Manchester United when he was just 15.

The Belgian international revealed that he rejected a chance to move to Old Trafford before signing for Lille, and then turned down Bayern Munich ahead of joining Liverpool in 2014, as reported by The Mirror.

Origi has scored five goals in 15 appearances in all competitions so far this season and was on the mark against Bournemouth last time out as he hopes to continue to prove his worth to Liverpool and show that he made the right decisions.

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