Report: Klopp confident Nicolo Barella will sign for Liverpool, not Tottenham

Nicolo Barella of Cagliari in action during the serie A match between Cagliari Calcio and Juventus at Stadio Sant'Elia on January 6, 2018 in Cagliari, Italy.

Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly keen on Nicolo Barella.

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur and Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool speak ahead during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool FC at Wembley...

Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon – and seemingly believe they can also beat the North Londoners to a signing as well.

The Reds saw goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino get on the scoresheet in a fine win at Wembley Stadium, and manager Jurgen Klopp allegedly believes another win over Spurs could be coming in 2019.

The Express report that Klopp is confident that Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella will sign for Liverpool over Tottenham, with the Italian a wanted man ahead of the transfer window.

 

Barella, 21, has emerged as one of Italian football's most promising young players, and Liverpool now seemingly hope to add the Under-21 international to the likes of Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Naby Keita, James Milner and Adam Lallana.

Strong relations in play

Klopp already has a host of midfield options at his disposal, and he may actually get more first-team football with Tottenham given their midfield needs, but Liverpool may look to use strong links to land a deal.

Nicolo Barella of Cagliari in action during the serie A match between Cagliari Calcio and Juventus at Stadio Sant'Elia on January 6, 2018 in Cagliari, Italy.

Liverpool have sold defender Ragnar Klavan out to Cagliari, and it's believed that relations are subsequently strong between the two clubs, with Liverpool now looking to land Barella.

Diminutive but energetic and technically gifted, Barella can play deeper to dictate the play or as a box-to-box midfielder, and looks set to have a huge career.

Valued at around £35million, Barella would be another hefty investment for Liverpool, and seemingly another victory over Tottenham if Klopp can – as he he believes he will – pip Spurs to his signature.

Nicolo' Barella of Cagliari Calcio in action during the serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Cagliari Calcio at Stadio Artemio Franchi on May 13, 2018 in Florence, Italy.

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