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Liverpool eyeing surprise move for 27-year-old Premier League defender which is faster than Roberto 



Liverpool eyeing surprise move for 27-year-old Premier League defender which is faster than Roberto

June 4th 2023, 7:02

Liverpool are reportedly keen on signing the Fulham defender Kenny Tete.

According to a report from Daily Mail, the defender will be available for a fee of around £10.5 million and the Reds are hoping to snap him up.

The Fulham defender has entered the final 12 months of his contract and he is yet to sign a renewal. The London club will be under pressure to cash in on him. They will not want to lose him on a free transfer next year.

Tete has done well for Fulham in the Premier League this season and he could prove to be a useful squad player for Liverpool.

The Reds are lacking in depth when it comes to the right-back department and the 27-year-old defender could prove to be a wise addition.

He has spent three seasons in West London and he is used to Premier League football. He could make an immediate impact at Anfield if the move goes through.

Furthermore, the reported asking price seems quite reasonable for a Premier League-proven defender and the move could prove to be a bargain in the long run.

The Reds will need a bigger and better squad in order to get back into the Champions League and compete for trophies next season. Improving their defensive unit should be a top priority for them.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have looked quite vulnerable at the back of this season and they will have to plug the weaknesses in their squirt during the summer transfer window.

Meanwhile, Klopp has chosen to use Trent Alexander-Arnold in the midfield at times this season and the arrival of Tete will allow the England international to operate in the midfield more often.


Jamie Carragher gives verdict on potential £10m transfer and Liverpool defensive rebuild

Jamie Carragher believes Joel Matip’s time at Anfield could be coming to an end as he urges Liverpool to consider cashing in on the defender.

Matip is no longer in the first choice partnership for Jurgen Klopp as Ibrahima Konate now the man chosen to start alongside Virgil van Dijk.

The Cameroonian has been a fantastic servant for the Reds since signing on a free transfer from Schalke in 2016 as he enters the final year of his contract at Anfield.

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Matip has been a key part to Liverpool winning every major honour under Klopp, but is now 31-years-old and featured just 21 times for the Reds last season.

Carragher has stressed the need for a left-footed centre back at Liverpool as he suggested bids of over £10 million should be considered.

The Liverpool legend said on Redmen TV: “I look at the defence and I think Joel Matip now has got a year to go. If you got £10million, whatever the price may be, it’s probably right to move on.

“I do think we need a left-sided defender, a left-footed centre-back. A lot of teams have them, we don’t. A left-sided player would add something.

“Rather than getting a left-back because I don’t think we will, if we are going to continue with this formation now, (it should be) buying someone in that area, a centre-back who can do the full-back role. I definitely think a left-sided centre-back who can do that left-back job.”


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Kaoru Mitoma sends Chelsea, Liverpool and European rivals warning with Brighton admission

Despite scoring 10 goals and registering eight assists in his first season at the top of English football, Brighton’s Kaoru Mitoma says he’s still unsatisfied with his output in front of goal.

The Japanese international was signed by Albion in the summer of 2021 but spent last season out on loan in Belgium at Union SG, eventually making his Premier League debut last August in a goalless draw against Newcastle.

He quickly developed into a key player for Brighton under Roberto De Zerbi, especially following the sale of Leandro Trossard to Arsenal in January, leaving the left midfield role firmly his.

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Mitoma started 22 out of a possible 24 Premier League games when football returned on Boxing Day after the World Cup break, coming off the bench in the other two as Brighton secured a sixth-place finish and qualification to next season’s Europa League.

The early months after the season restarted were by far Mitoma’s best in terms of attacking output, with the 26-year-old scoring eight goals and assisting six in 17 games across the Premier League and FA Cup. There was then a dip in his numbers, with one goal in his final 12 appearances, something which Mitoma picked out as himself as a criticism of his first season wearing Brighton colours.

Speaking in an interview on the Albion website, he said: “This season, I think I could have done much better – especially in the latter part of the season, when I couldn’t register as many goals or assists. I think I have to look back well into those moments.”

Despite that, Mitoma says he now wants to kick on and improve ahead of next season, who has already spoken of wanting to “take things up a level physically” by the time he returns for Brighton.

That should come as a warning to Albion’s Premier League rivals including Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, neither of whom qualified for European football this season and will be desperate to take the Seagulls’ place in the top seven next year.

“The fact that I was able to play many games during my first season consistently was a positive thing. It was also good that I didn’t have a major injury,” Mitoma added. “But I have to raise the quality of my play to another level, or the next season will be a difficult one.”

And while the futures of some of Brighton’s other stars Alexis Mac Allister and Moises Caicedo are continuing to make headlines over their futures, Mitoma says he is loving life on the south coast and has plans with the Seagulls next season.

He said: “The city has a good climate, the sea is close, so it’s a really good place to live in. The supporters cheer for us in a loud voice both home and away. I feel a real warmth, they are really exceptional supporters.

“The staff behind the scenes are good people too, I am very happy here. I have gained good experience trying to get used to the new environment and am looking forward to doing even better next season.”


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