Liverpool have emerged favourites to sign Croatian prodigy Ante Coric after Manchester City pulled out of a deal for the youngster. The Citizens had a bid accepted for the midfielder by Dinamo Zagreb but the deal fell through, which has allowed the likes of Liverpool, Tottenhamand Everton to move back in for the player.
The Sunday People reports that Coric pulled out of the deal after he learned that City were going to send him on a season long loan after signing him without giving him a chance to compete for first team football. Jurgen Klopp is a huge fan of the wide attacking midfielder and has been watching him for the entire summer, with a view now to complete a deal for the player with City out of the picture. The Reds have already completed seven deals this summer and are on the look-out for another if a deal comes up on the horizon.
Both Liverpool and Tottenham are keen to bolster their attack, with Spurs having had a bid rejected by Crystal palace for Wilfried Zaha. Mauricio Pochettino has Champions League football to contend with this season, where they have been drawn against the likes of CSKA Moscow, Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen. However, they are close to completing a loan deal for Real Madrid midfielder Isco, with the European Champions looking to trim their squad ahead of the season.
Both teams have had a lukewarm start to their campaign, with the Reds opening their season with a thrilling 4-3 win over Arsenal at the Emirates but followed it up with a 2-0 loss to Burnley. Meanwhile, Tottenham have played out two draws and a win in their opening three fixtures and know that they have to strengthen if they are to compete on all fronts this season. Meanwhile, Klopp has revealed that he is not in the market for a left-back but is open to other transfers.
"We're going to need more players for different positions," Klopp said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo. "The only decision we made is that Milly [Milner] can play it, especially in the kind of play we think we should play. Full-back is not only a winger in the offensive situations, it's something like eight (roles) in different moments so that's a really good position for Milly.
"He still has to adapt and learn because he's not had 500 games in this position but we will work on it, like we work on every player," Klopp went onto say. "In the end, we were convinced he could play the position and that's why we didn't make the transfer. I'm not surprised he can play there.