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Klopp “wants Hazard but board says no”

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is reportedly keen to sign Real Madrid outcast Eden Hazard in January – but Anfield’s board is not convinced.

The German is believed to be desperate to attack reinforcements ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations, which takes place next month in Cameroon.

El Nacional claim that Klopp, 54, has suggested a possible transfer of the Belgian captain to the Liverpool board, which has apparently not been keen on the idea.

The Liverpool boss has apparently remained a big admirer of Hazard since his time at Chelsea and believes he could help them in their title challenge this season.

But the Anfield hierarchy is believed to see him as a ‘lost cause’ and will not sanction a move for the £ 130million winger, despite being in excess of Madrid’s needs.

The German was said to have forgotten to sign Hazard, with the board concerned about the 30-year-old’s lingering injuries and lack of form.

The absence of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah will leave Klopp with Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota, Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino as the only attack options.

And with Liverpool slipping 12 points behind the summit, it is essential that they take maximum points from their upcoming games to keep their title fight alive.

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