May 24, 2024

Under Jurgen Klopp’s leadership, Liverpool has acquired 25 senior players with more than a year remaining on their contracts on a permanent basis, six of which were made possible by transfer release clauses. The Reds are partial to release clause purchases, with the avoidance of a transfer bidding war proving to be particularly alluring.

These conditions allowed Liverpool to complete their £150 million midfield makeover from the previous season, with the acquisition of Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton & Hove Albion and Dominik Szoboszlai made possible after they agreed to satisfy their £35 million and £60 million release clauses.

Naturally, the Reds had previously made purchases from the Red Bull group; Takumi Minamino and Ibrahima Konate joined the team after Liverpool met their respective release clauses of £7.25 million and £36 million at Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig.

Aware that Naby Keita’s release clause wouldn’t take effect for another year, they also consented to fulfill it when they attempted to sign the Guinean in the summer of 2017. RB Leipzig approved a deal for the next year in which Liverpool would match the midfielder’s potential release clause of £48 million and pay a premium on top based on how they performed in the Bundesliga in 2017–18, even though they had no intention of selling at the time.

In the summer of 2018, a sixth-place earned in an overall £52.75 million transfer fee.

Additionally, during that transfer window, once Stoke City was demoted to the Championship, the Reds activated Xherdan Shaqiri’s relegation release clause, allowing Liverpool to sign the Swiss striker for a mere £13.5 million.

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Ever the sly ones in the transfer market, the Reds put in a lot of effort behind the scenes to establish rapport with other teams and find out when such stipulations are there. And as Liverpool is anticipated to try to bolster their defense in the next summer, a comparable possibility might be about to arise.

Ko Itakura, a defender for Borussia Monchengladbach, is still being connected to the Reds. German reports claim the former Man City player may be available at the conclusion of the season for a discounted price.

The 26-year-old, who is now playing alongside Wataru Endo for Japan at the Asian Cup, has only lately recovered from an injury and is not eligible for transfer this month. Nevertheless, according to Sky Germany, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have both “sent out feelers” about a potential future move for the defender before a €10 million to €15 million release clause that becomes active at the end of the current campaign takes effect.

If the Reds decide to pursue the rumored interest in Itakura, that might translate into a sum of between £8.6 million and £12.9 million, making the player a possible steal.

The Japanese player, who is mostly a center-back but can also play at number six, is a valuable asset at Anfield because of his versatility in both positions.

Despite Joel Matip’s season-ending ACL injury, Klopp ruled out the prospect of Liverpool wanting to recruit a new center-back in January. However, Liverpool had been looking for one of these players since the summer. The Reds haven’t been caught off guard thanks to Jarell Quansah’s ascent, but it would be surprising if the team didn’t try to bolster their defense in the offseason given that the Cameroonian’s contract expires at the end of the current campaign.

Transfermarkt states that CAA Base is the Japanese representative. In addition, the agency represents the interests of former Liverpool defender Ben Davies, Quansah, Luke Chambers, James McConnell, Isaac Mabaya, and James Balagizi at Anfield, making sure they already have a working relationship with the Reds.

Itakura, 26, is not the only center back the Reds have been linked to, therefore it is unclear if they will make a bid for him. Ousmane Diomande of Sporting Lisbon is one player the ECHO is keeping an eye on, according to a piece they published earlier this week.

Regardless, defensive signings are probably going to have to wait until the summer. However, Itakura’s release clause opens the door for the defender to become the Reds’ most recent release clause acquisition, given that Liverpool is apparently scouting the player if he is sufficiently impressed.


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