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Kylian Mbappe and four centre backs Liverpool are ‘tipped to sign’

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Liverpool are enjoying another successful season under the guidance of manager Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds currently hold a four-point over second-place Leicester City in the Premier League table heading into the festive period.

And despite their success in recent seasons, Klopp’s side are still the subject of plenty of speculation around transfers as the winter window is set to open in the coming days.

But how likely are Liverpool to sign some of the big names that have been mentioned in the rumour mill in the last few weeks?

SkyBet has the latest transfer odds – accurate at the time of writing – and it makes for interesting reading. It’s important, however, to take most of it with a pinch of salt. The players listed below are the names who Liverpool are apparently ‘most likely’ to sign in January…

Ben White – 7/2

The Reds first became linked with the Brighton defender in the summer after his successful loan spell at Leeds United last season.

Leeds then failed to sign the 23-year-old permanently during the summer window, with the Seagulls having a reported £40m asking price for the centre-back.

But with the Reds’ current injury list, it is not surprising to see that the bookies consider White one of the favourites to move to Anfield in January.

He has been scouted by the club before. However, one imagines any move involving the defender next month won’t come cheap.

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Connor Coady – 4/1

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher is perhaps responsible for this rumour gathering pace over the last few weeks!

The 27-year-old shot down the Sky pundits suggestion of a Liverpool return in October following Virgil van Dijk’s injury against Everton in the Merseyside derby.

Coady came through the youth system at the Reds but managed just one senior appearance before moving to Huddersfield Town in 2014.

Since then, Coady established himself as a Premier League regular for Wolves and made his debut for England, but it appears unlikely that he will be returning to Anfield next month.

Tyrone Mings – 5/1

Mings has been linked with a move away and Premier League rivals Manchester United, Everton and Arsenal all credited with an interest in the past.

The former AFC Bournemouth defender also became a full England international last season after impressing upon his return to the Premier League.

However, despite only being priced at 5/1 for a move to Anfield next month, it is hard to see the transfer taking place.

James Tarkowski – 6/1

The 27-year-old is said to want to leave Turf Moor after rejecting contract offers last season and over the summer.

With 18 months left on his current deal, could he end up being the sort of bargain transfer that the Reds have become renowned for securing in the past few windows?

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Kylian Mbappe – 9/1

Mbappe’s contract with PSG is set to expire in 2022 and Liverpool and Real Madrid are among the clubs reportedly monitoring the striker’s status.

The 21-year-old Frenchman has won three consecutive Ligue 1 titles with PSG since joining in a world-record £166million transfer from AS Monaco in 2017.

However, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has regularly played down the speculation linking his side with a move for the forward.

It is very difficult to see him departing Paris in January to go anywhere.

But if Mbappe decides not to sign a new contract with PSG then the Ligue 1 champions face the decision of whether to cash in on their star striker next summer, or risk losing him for free the following year.

Either way, one imagines this rumour is going to run beyond next month and well into the summer. 

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