The Reds could hijack a Manchester United transfer deal in January while Gary Lineker has outlined what 'irritates' him about a Jürgen Klopp favorite. Here's your round-up of the latest Liverpool news.

Liverpool could hijack 'dream' Manchester United transfer

As January nears, Liverpool will be linked with a variety of players. Links with defensive midfielders have cooled with the Reds not planning to make a move in that department, but a center-back is another position that should be on the agenda.

Manchester United is supposedly keen to sign Nice defender Jean-Clair Todibo, who is said to be valued at around $50m (£40m/€47m). But according to the Evening Standard, both Liverpool and Spurs could be in for the 23-year-old as well, despite him being a 'dream' option, in the words of TeamTalk, for the Old Trafford side.

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Previously, Goal has reported that Todibo would be willing to make a move to England but the latest claims are that he would only make the switch if he was going to be first choice. That is with next summer's European Championships in mind.

Long term, he could be a first-choice option for Liverpool but right now, it would be hard to argue the case that he would be a certainty to get enough minutes in the matches that he would want. At Manchester United and Tottenham, while the level is lower, the pitch might be easier six months ahead of a major international tournament in which players like Todibo will want to feature.

Gary Lineker 'irritated' by Liverpool suggestions

Speaking on the Rest Is Football podcast, Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker has praised Liverpool vice-captain Trent Alexander-Arnold and explained what 'irritates' him about the narrative surrounding the number 66, who scored a late winner against Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday.

"He is a wonderful footballer," Lineker said. "I mean, I have been a fan of his for many years. Everyone knows that from the first few times I saw him, I used to think he has got [what it takes] to be a midfield player and I think he was a youngster. It was one of those situations where they see a talent and they think we will get him in the team but you can’t get him in his position.

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"He ends up going to right-back and he was so good for so long that he became a right-back. It irritates me a little bit when people say he’s not very good at defending and every slight error or any goal that goes in on that side of the pitch against Liverpool.

"People have a pop at him but I think the positives of his forward play and his passing, I think he is certainly the best passer of the ball in the English game at the moment. And probably in a much bigger area than that, maybe even Europe. His range of passing, outside the foot, inside the foot, long passes and short passes and crosses, of course.

"But I’m loving him in this new role where he drifts into midfield. Gareth Southgate has tried him in midfield as well and I think that could work for England, alongside Declan Rice, as Gareth likes to play two and you could play Bellingham in front of them."

The Alexander-Arnold in midfield argument, though, as much as the Steven Gerrard comparisons feel apt at the moment, does ignore a couple of key points. Liverpool does not have a proper right-back to take his place, for instance (Joe Gomez can't play every minute and Conor Bradley is unproven at the top level right now).

Additionally, Alexander-Arnold is given a license in the hybrid role. He takes up midfield positions without having to take the spot of another midfielder. After all, would you really want to sacrifice one of Alexis Mac Allister or Dominik Szoboszlai? You would have to do that to fit Alexander-Arnold into midfield, without getting much upside compared to the positions he picks up in possession now.