Jurgen Klopp must have been looking forward to the transfer window this summer.
Ahead of his first full season as Liverpool manager, the German would have been hoping to spend the coming months signing quality players as he hopes to get the Reds back into the Champions League.
However, it seems that Klopp’s main task may be trying to keep hold of players rather than signing them.
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In recent days, star man Philippe Coutinho has attracted interested from both Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona in a transfer saga that seems set to dominate the summer at Anfield.
But reports emerged today of another player linked with a move to European giants. The Mirror claim that Real Madrid and Barcelona are interested in Cameron Brannagan with the former readying a £5.5 million bid plus clauses.
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The 20-year-old playmaker made nine appearances for the first-team last season but caught the eye of Madrid chiefs when the two sides met in the UEFA Youth League back in November 2014.
But El Clasico rivals, Barcelona, are also keen. It’s believed the Camp Nou club have scouted Brannagan on at least four occasions last campaign in the Under 21 Premier League.
But, immediately after the reports, Brannagan seemingly pledged his future to Liverpool with an Instagram post. The talented midfielder uploaded a picture of him hugging a smiling Klopp after a match with the simple caption of a solid red ball.
Liverpool may be keen to keep Brannigan but they are going to have to start playing the 20-year-old on a regular basis if they want him to remain happy at Anfield.
He only featured in three league matches last season and his route to the starting XI seems restricted by the likes of Roberto Firmino, Coutinho and Adam Lallana.
Klopp on Brannagan
Shortly after Klopp arrived on Merseyside, the former Borussia Dortmund manager spoke incredibly highly of Brannagan.
“He's a great young guy. I like his style,” he said.
“For his age he brings everything you need for a midfield player he wants to play football, he's strong, he's clear, he's cool.
“It's not easy for these guys to train for the first time with a new manager and think always ‘he's going to make a final judgement’ or something like this. That's not how I work but these guys don't know this.
“I enjoy working with these guys. He's really a talent.”
It’s clear that Klopp and Brannagan have a great working relationship but the manager will be under pressure to feature him in the first-team next season given the interest he’s attracting around Europe.
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