Date: 31st December 2021 at 1:57pm
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Liverpool go into a crucial battle with Chelsea on Sunday with added pressure following their shock defeat at Leicester City on Tuesday. 

A goal from Ademola Lookman was enough to give the Foxes the three points, and Manchester City’s 1-0 victory over Brentford on Wednesday extended the Citizens’ lead at the top of the Premier League table to eight points.

The Reds’ visit to Stamford Bridge will pit them against a Chelsea side who were also left frustrated last time out, as a late Danny Welbeck goal denied the Blues’ three points and the chance to close the gap on City.

Now, Jurgen Klopp’s side are reportedly plotting a move for a star from a  fellow Premier League rival, forcing the player’s current employers to speed up negotiations over a new deal.

According to The Express, Liverpool have registered an interest in Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka, and the Gunners have responded by stepping up negotiations over a new deal for the winger.

Saka has established himself as a regular for both Arsenal and England

The 20-year-old’s current deal is due to expire in the summer of 2024, and Ian McGarry of the Transfer Window Podcast has revealed that the Gunners are working hard on securing the player’s future.

“My understanding is that there has been talks with regards to giving him a contract upgrade at Arsenal,” he said.

“They realise that they have a talent on their hands, who could potentially be worth a lot more in the future.

“But not only that, from a sporting point of view, someone who is establishing himself as a starter in the Arsenal team, which has improved quite considerably really in the last two or three months under Arteta.”

Saka has impressed so far this season, scoring five goals and registering four assists in 19 league appearances.

McGarry also suggests that the player is interested in a move to Anfield, which has also encouraged Arsenal to move quickly in tying him down to a long-term deal.

The club have reportedly realised Saka’s talent, and the potential value of him in the future, and are therefore keen to keep hold of him beyond 2024.

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