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Liverpool ‘keen on West Ham ace Manuel Lanzini’ as Jurgen Klopp eyes Philippe Coutinho replacement

Argentinian midfielder is a long-term target for the Reds and would add depth in attacking midfield

Liverpool are eyeing a move for West Ham midfielder Manuel Lanzini, according to reports.

The Reds have been in the market for a new playmaker since Philippe Coutinho’s club-record departure to Barcelona in January.

Manuel Lanzini is reportedly a target for Liverpool as they try to replace Philippe Coutinho

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Manuel Lanzini is reportedly a target for Liverpool as they try to replace Philippe Coutinho

And Argentinian outlet Ole claim Lanzini, 25, is back on Jurgen Klopp’s radar.


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Lyon star Nabil Fekir has also been strongly linked with a move to Anfield.

But Lanzini would represent a cheaper alternative and the Argie international has shown good form for West Ham.

He has provided five goals and six assists for the struggling Hammers this season and could fancy a move to a bigger club.

Manuel Lanzini is a popular figure among the West Ham fans

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Manuel Lanzini is a popular figure among the West Ham fans

Nabil Fekir is another potential signing to bolster the Reds’ attacking midfield options

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Nabil Fekir is another potential signing to bolster the Reds’ attacking midfield options

But Liverpool have grown as an attacking force since Coutinho left and there are some doubts if Lanzini could provide the necessary quality.

Reds legend Jamie Carragher reckons Klopp needs depth in attacking midfield, however, and the Argentina World Cup hopeful would fit the bill.

Carra told Goal: “You have to be concerned. I thought the squad was very good at the start of the season, but I think what it lacks is cover for the front three.


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“When one of them misses out, the quality coming in is not enough.

Philippe Coutinho has hardly been missed as other players step up for Jurgen Klopp

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Philippe Coutinho has hardly been missed as other players step up for Jurgen Klopp

“[Naby] Keita will add quality to the midfield, but I think we do still lack a little bit since [Philippe] Coutinho went in terms of that final pass.

“Defensively we’re fine in terms of numbers, but I think we need something more in the final third.”


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