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Liverpool linked with Todd Cantwell with duo set to depart

Last Updated on by James King

As Liverpool prepare to lose wingers Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane to the Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON), the club has been linked with a number of replacements for the January transfer window, in order to ease the pressure.

While FC Porto star Luis Diaz continues to be a priority target, there is a feeling that he could be more of a summer arrival, which has led them to be linked with a move for Norwich City’s Todd Cantwell in January, according to reports.

While Cantwell is highly rated by the Norwich hierarchy, he is yet to convince manager Dean Smith and as a result, the Canaries could well cash in on him in January to try and fund what is seemingly an unlikely relegation survival bid.

Liverpool linked with Todd Cantwell with duo set to depart

A smart acquisition for the Reds?

Although Cantwell has yet to really light up the Premier League, he was a key component to the East Anglia side’s promotion campaign last season and his quality and potential is undoubted.

Playing with arguably better players could help to get the best out of him, while Reds boss Jurgen Klopp can also assist with this, which means if a price can be agreed between the two clubs, it may be a move that makes sense.

What is becoming obvious is that without replacing Salah and Mane, the Reds could struggle, with only Diogo Jota the only real replacement, with Takumi Minamino really yet to make an impression since arriving at Anfield.

Cantwell’s pace, ability to find space and eye for a pass is something that may appeal to Klopp, especially considering the German manager’s direct, counter-attacking style and he could help to revive the career of the 23-year-old.

 

Any other business for the Reds?

It appears unlikely that Liverpool may make any more than one signing in January, despite central midfielder Naby Keita also being missing because of AFCON, however, should a player of the right price come along, the Reds could well make an exception.

What is likely to be a big signing, in the shape of Diaz from Porto, could well occur in the summer which means that Cantwell could turn out to be an astute acquisition. The player is also capable of operating in the centre of the pitch in an advanced midfield role, which will provide Klopp with further versatility.