Jurgen Klopp ‘meets with Sofyan Amrabat’s reps’ as Liverpool target Morocco hero

Jurgen Klopp has reportedly entered talks with representatives of Sofyan Amrabat as Liverpool hold a firm interest in signing the Morocco star in January.

Amrabat, 26, has enjoyed an exceptional World Cup campaign, with the Atlas Lions becoming the only African nation to reach the quarter-finals of this year's tournament. Grinding out a fully deserved 0-0 draw with Spain in the Round of 16, Morocco bested the 2010 champions on spot-kicks, slamming home three out of four from 12 yards whilst Luis Enrique's side stuttered out of the competition.

Featuring in every minute for the Atlas Lions so far in Qatar, Fiorentina star Amrabat's status has skyrocketed since landing in the Middle East and a host of Europe's top dogs are ready to make a winter move.

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But, according to French outlet Foot Mercato, it's Premier League giants Liverpool who are leading the race for the in-demand 26-year-old. The Reds are eager to beef up their midfield ahead of a gruelling second half of the season with Jurgen Klopp's side still involved in all four major competitions.

The report states that the German gaffer has already held preliminary talks with agent Mohammed Sinouh over the possibility of a January switch. Further talks have been pencilled in once the dust has settled on the World Cup, though Sinouh has revealed Liverpool aren't the only club vying for his signature.

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"Of course, I get a lot of phone calls for Sofyan," divulged Amrabat's agent. "The whole world has seen he's the best holding midfielder of the World Cup. Sofyan is [a] top professional, he's focused on [the] World Cup with Morocco."

Plying his trade at Serie A side Fiorentina, Amrabat has 18 months remaining on his current deal, with the option of a further year, but would be open to leaving the Tuscany-based club in order to pursue his childhood dream of playing in the Champions League.

Sofyan's brother Nordin, who featured for Watford in the Premier League during 2016-2018, has also added fuel to the fire by stating Europe's elite have "woken up" to his sibling's potential.

"When you play so well on such a stage – in three matches against countries like Croatia, Belgium and Canada – you have a lot going for you," said the elder Amrabat. "I think the top clubs in Europe who have been sleeping have now woken up.

"In January [2021], Sofyan himself was already in talks with Tottenham Hotspur, but there was no agreement on the transfer fee with Fiorentina. I think the interested parties will now line up."

Spurs and Inter Milan are also understood to be monitoring Amrabat's situation with close interest.

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