Liverpool are set to launch an improved bid for Real Madrid winger Rodrygo, according to reports in Spain.
Spanish newspaper El Nacional claims that Liverpool made a €60m (£51.2m) bid for the Brazilian in the summer, which was immediately rejected by Madrid.
The report claims Liverpool are now set to return with an €80m (£68.4m) offer for the 20-year-old.
Rodrygo has scored 11 goals in 79 games for Madrid since joining the Spanish giants in a €45m (£38.5m) move from Santos in 2019.
The Brazil international was expected to become a key player this season under Carlo Ancelotti but has made only five starts in La Liga, with Marco Asensio largely preferred instead.
According to El Nacional, Real Madrid would be willing to let Rodrygo leave if they can make “significant” profit on the youngster.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp could be looking to sign reinforcements in January, with the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations set to deprive him of a number of key players for up to a month.
Mohamed Salah (Egypt), Sadio Mane (Senegal) and Naby Keita (Guinea) are all set to feature in the tournament, which gets underway in Cameroon on January 9.
El Nacional have also linked Liverpool with a sensational move for Barcelona wonderkid Gavi.
The Reds are said to be considering triggering a £43m buy-out clause in the 17-year-old’s contract at the Nou Camp.
Gavi is contracted to Barcelona until 2023 and the Catalan club are keen to tie the midfielder down to a new long-term deal.
Meanwhile, Klopp has said he will not stand in Nat Phillips’ way if the defender wants to leave Anfield.
Phillips has struggled for first-team opportunities this season and has been linked with a January move away, with West Ham named among the potential suitors for the centre-back.
"I'm very happy that Nat is here, to be honest, but we will not block anything I think," said Klopp.
"It’s not the plan at all but who knows what happens until January."
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