Liverpool make Marcos Llorente transfer enquiry with ‘many calls’ fielded by agent

Marcos Llorente shows off skills in Atletico Madrid training

Liverpool have been linked with Marcos Llorente after the Atletico Madrid midfielder’s agent said he had fielded ‘many calls’ from the Premier League champions. Jurgen Klopp’s side are expected to strengthen in the January transfer window after being hit by a lengthy catalogue of injuries this season.

And Llorente has been on the Reds’ radar, according to reports from Spain.

The attacking midfielder, 25, scored twice as Atletico eliminated Liverpool from the Champions League in the round of 16 last season – and even named his dog ‘Anfield’ following his exploits at the Reds’ famous home.

Llorente, 25, joined Los Rojiblancos in the summer of 2019 and has become a key player for Diego Simeone’s side, having since been directly involved in 18 goals in his 53 appearances.

He can play as a second striker as well as an offensive midfielder.

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His impressive form for Atletico has attracted the attention of Liverpool’s recruitment team, his uncle and agent Julio has claimed in an interview with Cadena Ser.

“I have received many calls from Anfield for Llorente, but not many dare either,” said Julio, who added that his nephew wants to stay with the La Liga high-fliers.

“Marcos and I have always talked about this and he wants to stay, so there’s not much to do. The last call I received in May and it was not from Spain.”

Since that time, Liverpool have boosted their midfield ranks by signing Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich, and their attack with the capture of Diogo Jota from Wolves – although both players are currently injured.

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Over the summer there was also speculation about the future of Gini Wijnaldum, with Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman believed to be keen on the Dutch midfielder.

Wijnaldum’s current Liverpool contract expires next summer, meaning he could leave for free at the end of this season and be reunited with his former Holland boss at the Nou Camp.

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Llorente’s agent may then be expecting more calls from Liverpool if his nephew keeps up the form which has seen him score five goals and post three assists so far this season for Atletico.

Liverpool host Tottenham in a huge Premier League clash on Wednesday night, with Jose Mourinho’s side ahead on goal difference as the teams stand level on points at the top of the table.

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