Liverpool set to lose race for 'next Xabi Alonso' as Mohamed Salah 'replacement' identified

Assan Ouedraogo of FC Schalke 04  during the Second Bundesliga match against Hannover 96.
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It promises to be a busy summer at Anfield as Liverpool prepare for life without Jurgen Klopp.

The 56-year-old German stepped down from his position as Reds boss at the end of the season after nine, trophy-laden years at the club.

However, Liverpool moved quickly to source his replacement as Feyenoord's Arne Slot was announced as the club's new head coach, a position he will begin on June 1.

Slot will join forces with the club's new sporting director, Richard Hughes, and Fenway Sports Group's new CEO of Football Michael Edwards and hope to lead the Reds into a new era of success.

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Here, the ECHO looks at the latest transfer rumours concerning Liverpool ahead of what is expected to be a busy summer.

Bayern Munich set to beat Liverpool to midfield prodigy

Bayern Munich are reportedly set to beat Liverpool and Manchester United to the signing of Schalke midfielder Assan Ouedraogo.

The 18-year-old German youth international made 17 appearances in the Bundesliga 2 this season and has previously been touted with moves to Anfield and Old Trafford.

According to Fabrizio Romano, though, Bayern Munich are set to win the race for Ouedraogo with negotiations at an advanced stage. He could reportedly spend the 2024-25 season on loan at Schalke before joining up with his new team-mates at the Allianz Arena in 2025.

Ouedraogo has seen his playing style has drawn comparisons to former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso, with the 18-year-old identified as regularly dropping deep to receive possession.

Reds continue interest in Mohamed Salah long-term replacement

Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing PSV Eindhoven winger Johan Bakayoko this summer as they explore long-term replacements for Mohamed Salah.

That's according to Footballer Insider, who claim the 21-year-old is on the Reds' "radar" this summer. Bakayoko played 33 times for PSV across the 2023/24 season, scoring 12 goals and laying on nine assists as Peter Bosz's side lifted the Eredivisie title.

The forward, who primarily plays on the right, is set to be included in Belgium's squad for this summer's European Championships and has two years remaining on his current deal.