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"Bodies galore": Liverpool urged to end interest in Premier League midfielder

Liverpool were connected with a central midfielder during the summer transfer window, but Jurgen Klopp decided to stick with his present options. The major goal was to find a successor for Gini Wijnaldum, who left the club for PSG on a free transfer, but despite several links to prominent players, no deal was made.

RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate was Liverpool's sole notable signing during the transfer window. Klopp's side are joint top of the Premier League after five matches, despite significant criticism for their lack of transfer activity. However, following Harvey Elliot's horrific injury, there has been speculation that they may bring in a player in January.

Youri Tielemans is one of the players strongly connected with a move to Merseyside, but Leicester may not allow him to go before the end of the season. With a contract extension waiting to be signed on the dotted line, the Belgian might be a viable target for the Reds next summer, but he would come at a high price.

Many believe the Belgian midfielder would be a fantastic fit for Liverpool's style of play. Despite the absence of Elliot, who was becoming a major member of the starting lineup this season, Klopp has a number of players in his squad who could be beneficial this season. Former Liverpool midfielder Steve McManaman has urged that the club should reject any potential deal for Tielemans, pointing to the team's present midfield alternatives.

“I absolutely think he's talented enough,” McManaman added. He's done exceptionally well in this Leicester team, starring and performing admirably. I'm also aware that he's performed admirably in the Belgium jersey. But you're attempting to cram people into regions where there are already a lot of people.

“Do I believe Liverpool will spend the summer next year? Yes, it is correct. They'll have a large sum of money next year, which I believe they'll spend wisely. But it's all about picking the appropriate region; whether or not you get rid of two or three midfielders to bring in Tielemans is a different story. At the present, there is a lot of traffic.”

“You've got Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott – younger guys with a lot of potential – Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain coming in. There are a lot of bodies! Do they require a Tielemans at this time? No. He's a fantastic player, but I'm not sure where he fits in.”

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