Liverpool plot Leeds transfer raid as Jurgen Klopp wants Jack Clarke even if Whites go up | Football | Sport


Liverpool kept their powder dry during January with Klopp desperate not to disrupt his Premier League title-chasing squad.

But their latest accounts show their finances are in rude health, with another spending spree on the cards at the end of the season.

Liverpool will be in the market for big-hitters are they seek to build on what’s been an impressive campaign to date.

Klopp, though, also has one eye on the future with Leeds prospect Clarke making his way on to the German’s radar.

Express Sport understands the Liverpool boss is interested in adding the highly-rated wideman to his playing staff.

And he has sent club personnel to make checks on the 18-year-old Leeds United star, who only made his senior debut last October.

The impressive reports Jurgen Klopp has received means he is eager to beat other Premier League suitors to Clarke’s signature.

And he wants Liverpool to launch a bid to recruit Clarke even if Leeds seal promotion from the Championship in May.

Leeds moved back to the top of the table on Saturday as Kalvin Phillips’ late goal rescued a point against Middlesbrough.

Phillips’ equaliser came in the 11th-minute of second-half stoppage time at the Riverside.

That lengthy period of stoppage time came after Liverpool target Clarke had had to be stretchered off the bench.

The York-born ace had started the game but was taken off at half-time having felt unwell.

Clarke was stretchered out of the dugout in the second half while receiving oxygen, before being taken to hospital.

Leeds released a statement on Clarke’s condition following the conclusion of the 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough.

“Jack Clarke began to feel unwell during the second half of our Sky Bet Championship fixture with Middlesbrough and received medical attention,” it read.

“The player is responsive and attending hospital with the club’s head of medicine and performance.

“On behalf of everyone at Leeds United, we would like to thank the medical staff from both clubs for their response to the incident.”

Leeds also sent a heartfelt message to Middlesbrough following Saturday’s game.

“Thank you to all the @boro staff for their fantastic response to Jack Clarke’s illness today #FootballFamily,” their tweet read.

Meanwhile, Liverpool and Leeds will return to action when they face Bayern Munich and Swansea respectively.

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