• Liverpool is linked to a move for Real Madrid star Rodrygo
  • The Brazilian is viewed as an alternative for Diogo Jota
  • Reds boss Jurgen Klopp addressed rumors of a major rebuild

Liverpool could be planning a transfer swoop for an attacking winger to complement Diogo Jota.

Injuries have drastically affected Liverpool’s title contention this season with Jota, the club’s star striker, still out. It has become evident that the Reds badly needed a consistent attacker who could score goals and create chances for his teammates just like the Portuguese.

Apparently, the reigning English Premier League champions have identified Real Madrid winger Rodrygo to fill the void in the club’s attacking department, Spanish publication Diario Gol reported.

According to the report, Liverpool is “closely following” Rodrygo as part of the club’s major rebuild in the next transfer window. Reds manager Jurgen Klopp is said to have already plotted big transfer moves in the summer to “turn things around” at Anfield next season.

It has been said that Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane doesn’t see a bright future for Rodrygo with his side and could possible allow his departure for the right price. The Brazilian forward is still in contract with Los Blancos until 2025 and is expected to be worth around £40.5 million ($56 million), but the report adds that Zidane’s side is demanding close to £50 million ($70 million).

Rodrygo, who has earned comparisons to Neymar, is a pacy attacker and can function in both left and right wings. As early as now, some reports suggest that the youngster would be a "promising alternative" to Jota.

Before a hamstring injury in December, the versatile winger has had a good start with the reigning La Liga champions this season, having scored once in 17 matches.

Title gets closer: Sergio Ramos celebrates his goal with Rodrygo
Title gets closer: Sergio Ramos celebrates his goal with Rodrygo AFP / ANDER GILLENEA

Meanwhile, Klopp had finally addressed the widespread rumors linking Liverpool to a major rebuild. According to the renowned manager, there is no “massive” change happening, but they will “try” to look for possible solutions in the summer.

"What is a ‘rebuild’ exactly?" Klopp questioned reporters in a recent press conference. "A rebuild means ten out ten in? Changes to which XI? I know what you mean, but I don’t think it is time for a massive rebuild like how I understand it, [which is] six or seven out, running contracts, but trying to get rid of them and bring in all the new faces.”

"The squad of this year didn’t have the chance to play together one time really,” he added. "I think it would make sense to have a look at that but on top of that of course little readjustments will happen. Reacting on the situation but planning at the same time for the future and all these kinds of things. I am not sure we can do that in the summer but that is what we will try."