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Jamie Carragher thinks Liverpool are being patient in the transfer market (Photo: YouTube)

Jamie Carragher has urged Jurgen Klopp to sign a new midfielder but believes that Liverpool already have a player lined up for next summer.

Liverpool’s transfer business this window has long been completed, with Klopp claiming that there will be no more signings following the arrival of Darwin Nunez, Fabio Carvalho, and Calvin Ramsay.

However, many believe that the Reds could do with a new midfielder, which would help give them the edge over main rivals Manchester City in the title race, having narrowly lost out to the Citizens last season.

Liverpool legend Carragher shares this view but also thinks that the club’s reluctance to sign one this summer means they already have a transfer target in mind who will be more easily acquirable next year.

‘Liverpool can still do with someone in midfield, not in terms of numbers wise, in terms of quality wise,’ Carragher said on The Overlap podcast.

‘I think notoriously how Liverpool have done the transfers under Klopp; they wait for who they want. When they didn’t get Virgil van Dijk that time [the summer of 2017], they waited. They gave it to January.

‘Most fans were saying, “you’ve got to go buy another centre back”. No, they don’t panic, even when all the centre backs were injured, in the same season [2020/21].

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Jude Bellingham has excelled at Borussia Dortmund (Photo: Getty)

‘That January, they bought like a couple of centre backs in, but on loan. They didn’t buy anything, because they didn’t get who they wanted, which was [Ibrahima] Konate and they waited and I just think Liverpool, they’re not daft.

‘I think they know the first-choice midfield three for Liverpool now is quite old, in really all three together, getting into their thirties, but Liverpool are prepared to wait and I think that’s one of the reasons why they’re so good in the transfer market. So, they must have someone lined up next summer.’

Dortmund star Jude Bellingham is the name most touted to head to Anfield, with the 19-year-old perhaps the best young player in the world right now, but also one of the most valuable.

Liverpool may have to pay upwards of £70million to get him, but that fee may decrease in 12 months’ time when the England international’s contract will have just two years left to run.

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