Liverpool interested in Real Madrid star – three years after trying to sign him

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Liverpool supposedly occupy a spot in a long line of clubs keen on signing Real Madrid star Mateo Kovacic.

The Croatian international has told newly-appointed manager Julen Lopetegui he is keen on leaving the Bernabeu in search of regular football.

Kovacic managed 21 La Liga appearances last season but has had to play the role of understudy to a midfield trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro proving extremely difficult to dislodge.

Liverpool were strongly linked with a deal for Kovacic back in 2015, until he eventually signed for Madrid from Inter Milan for £22.5million.

Three years later, it seems he could be on the move again.

Spanish outlet Marca report that Liverpool have joined Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Manchester United in registering an interest in Kovacic.

The 24-year-old said: “When I don’t play of course I’m not happy.”

“I’ve enjoyed these three years in Madrid hugely, with incredible teammates, winning trophies. But I haven’t been completely happy because my contribution to all of this has not been the biggest and it’s something I want to change.”

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Jurgen Klopp isn’t currently expected to re-enter the transfer market following the £65million arrival of goalkeeper Alisson.

It remains to be seen whether the club will relaunch a move for Nabil Fekir after withdrawing from negotiations over a £53million deal at the beginning of June.

Despite his pedigree as a triple Champions League winner, Kovacic doesn’t represent the kind of technician Liverpool remain in search of in their bid to replace Philippe Coutinho.

As it stands, it appears outgoings will be the theme at Liverpool over the remaining weeks of the window.

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