Liverpool appear in pole position to land one of their primary transfer targets after he previously stated his desire to play for the Reds. Jurgen Klopp is yet to bring any players in during the January window, but business is expected at Anfield given their current injury problems.
Amid a host of names, the club have been linked with a move for midfielder Morten Frendup. But they’re not the only party interested in the Genoa star, with Tottenham also lining-up a potential bid having already purchased defender Radu Dragusin from the Italian club this month.
Liverpool’s position has seemingly been strengthened by Frendup himself. The 22-year-old is a self confessed fan of the 2019 Champions League winners, a notion he was pressed about when starting out in professional football.
As a 16-year-old, he spoke to Danish outlet Sjællandske Nyheder about his ambitions of playing for the Premier League club, saying: “It’s a dream I’ve always had, and I believe it will succeed. If I work hard, I believe in it.”
The move would also make sense for Klopp, given that Frendup favours the deep-lying midfield position. In the summer both Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita departed Liverpool, and new signing Alex Mac Allister has struggled to adapt to the role.
However, a summer move seems the most likely scenario. After moving from Brondby in 2022, Frendup has been pivotal to Genoa this season, featuring in all 20 of their Serie A matches.
The under-21 international would command a fee given he still has more than two years left on his current deal. But Genoa will also be aware that holding onto their key man could prove detrimental in the long-term if he leaves for nothing in 2026.
Tottenham’s pursuit may well hinder on their ambitions to sign Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher. The club captain’s future remains in the air at Stamford Bridge, with manager Mauricio Pochettino admitting that he is in ongoing talks with the player.
Their London rivals were linked with a move in the summer and Ange Postecoglou remains keen on a transfer. Should Gallagher stay, then the Australian boss is likely to ramp up his interest in Frendup, with his own squad currently looking light amid injuries to the likes of James Maddison and Ivan Perisic.