Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has reportedly made Marco Asensio one of his top targets, after failing in a whopping £160m bid for the Real Madrid star in the summer.
The Reds are already one of the most dangerous attacking forces on the continent, but Klopp clearly feels that he needs more competition for places in the final third.
Asensio is considered to be one of the best young attacking talents in world football, and he is now playing regularly, following Cristiano Ronaldo's exit from the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer.
Jurgen Klopp’s summer arrivals Alisson, Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabinho have all impressed, albeit the latter has struggled for game time.
But the German boss is already said to be making plans for who to recruit at the end of the season as he continues to build a team capable of challenging for domestic and European titles.
According to OK Diario, Jurgen Klopp is still desperate to land Asensio, and the German is confident that Madrid would sell for the right price at the end of this season.
The Real forward has only managed two goals in 18 appearances but Spanish journalist Eduardo Inda doesn’t believe that has changed Jurgen Klopp’s thought process.
“This year, an offer of 180m euros [£160m] came to Liverpool's Real Madrid for Asensio,” Spanish journalist Eduardo Inda said.
“The club said no because Cristiano left, but Klopp is in love with the player and will go for the player next summer.”
Asensio is s only 22 years old, and has scored 23 times and registered 13 assists in 109 appearances for Madrid in all competitions.
The Spain international has a contract at the Bernabeu until the end of the 2022-23 campaign. But despite his obvious ability, he has faced criticism for his supposedly lazy style.
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