Date: 11th June 2023 at 6:49pm
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Liverpool look set to be one of the Premier League’s busiest clubs during the upcoming transfer window. 

Jurgen Klopp will be looking to strengthen his squad this summer after a disappointing campaign during which the Reds finished fifth and failed to qualify for the Champions League.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita, James Milner and Roberto Firmino will all depart Anfield this month following the expiry of their respective contracts, which could leave Klopp in need of reinforcements.

The German appears particularly keen to add to his midfield options following the departures of Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keita, and several names have been linked with a move to Merseyside.

Now, though, it appears that the club have taken a surprise stance on one of their targets.

As per Football Insider, the Merseyside outfit are reluctant to be drawn into a bidding war for Southampton star Romeo Lavia.

The Saints man was in fine form for the south coast side this season, despite their relegation.

Lavia has attracted interest from a number of clubs

His performances haven’t gone unnoticed, though, and several clubs are believed to be interested in the Belgian.

The report claims that Liverpool would seek assurances over Lavia’s desire to join the club before making an offer to sign him.

Liverpool are believed to have been in contact with the 19-year-old’s representatives, but they are reluctant to be forced into rivalling the likes of Chelsea for his signature.

Manchester City, who sold Lavia to the Saints last summer, are also said to be interested in re-signing the midfielder and could provide further competition for the player’s signature.

The treble winners are said to have a buy-back clause, set at £40 million, which becomes active next summer, but manager Pep Guardiola is reportedly keen to sign the Belgium under-21 international.

In total, Lavia made 34 appearances for Southampton across all competitions this term, including 29 in the Premier League.

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