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Liverpool have been dealt a blow of their reported pursuit of Dutch midfielder Teun Koopmeiners with Atalanta chief Tony D’Amico issuing a temporary update on the player’s situation. Reds fans are keen to see midfield upgrades brought in after a rocky begin to the Premier League season, which has left them off the top-four pace. 

The solidity of Virgil van Dijk could have protected Liverpool from defensive vulnerability in recent times. But with the elegant centre-back wanting his best form this season, they’ve been left exposed on the back with some pointing to an absence of steel in midfield. 

Targets resembling Brighton star Moises Caicedo and Wolves ace Matheus Nunes would bring that in abundance, while Reds scouts have also been credited with interest in Koopmeiners. The 24-year-old rose through the ranks with AZ, where he scored at a powerful rate from midfield, before moving on to Atalanta in 2021. 

After a tepid first campaign, the Dutchman has rediscovered his scoring touch this time around with seven goal contributions in 17 Serie A matches. He also played a vital role for the Netherlands on the World Cup before they were knocked out within the quarter-finals by Argentina. 

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Koopmeiners himself has spoken out on links to Anfield, insisting that he can also be flattered by the rumours but reassuring his current fans that any move could have to attend. “I saw the links and stories about Liverpool,” he said. “Nice to see that, but I’m 100 per cent focused on Atalanta. I’m so comfortable to play here.”

Liverpool hit the bottom running after the Premier League restart with wins over Aston Villa and Leicester City, however the wheels have come off somewhat because the turn of the 12 months with a dangerous defeat away at Brentford and a house draw with Wolves within the FA Cup, which has added to Jurgen Klopp’s stress by bringing a few third-round replay. 

“Whatever you play, high-line, deeper-line, ball-orientated, man-orientated – you have got to win challenges,” the German told reporters. “There isn’t a alternative to [that]. So, yeah. I discussed already now within the dressing room and I’ll mention it again and the following team we face is Brighton, who’re meanwhile famous for taking part in proper football.

“If you happen to don’t defend properly there, then why should we go there? We glance open in moments, however it is just open because we expect we win the challenge after which we don’t win it and that is then really tricky to take care of in the long run.”

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