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EPL: You’re now in real battle – Agbonlahor issues strong warning to Liverpool


Liverpool have been told they cannot sign Barcelona midfielder, Frankie de Jong unless they qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season.

Former Aston Villa striker, Gabriel Agbonlahor said the Reds should forget about signing De Jong if they do not finish in the top four this season.

Manchester United tried to sign the Netherlands’ international last summer but the midfielder refused to move to Old Trafford, insisting he wanted to remain at Camp Nou.

Chelsea also wanted him and made a late move for the former Ajax star but nothing concrete was done.

He could now be open to a move in January, having struggled to establish himself in Xavi Hernandez’s starting XI.

Agbonlahor said Jurgen Klopp’s side would need to qualify for the Champions League next season if they want to sign De Jong.

He told Football Insider: “Liverpool are in a battle, a real battle for top four.

“You can’t predict any transfers until the end of the season when we know the positions and they are guaranteed.

“If they don’t get in the top four, they can forget about De Jong, they can definitely forget about [Jude] Bellingham.”

Liverpool fell further behind on Sunday when they were defeated 2-1 at Anfield by Leeds United.

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