Liverpool: 5 possible transfer targets this summer
The gap between Liverpool and being title contenders has closed this season, but who could Jurgen Klopp add to aid the Reds cause quest for a first Premier League crown?
How do you improve on perfection?
That’s the question that Jurgen Klopp will be asking, should his side go on to topple Real Madrid in the Champions League final. The German need only look at Rafa Benitez for a reminder on how a win in that competition can secure one’s legacy at Anfield. 13 years after Istanbul, the Spaniard remains a mythic figure in the Kop.
Benitez, however, never managed the ultimate domestic prize. Klopp hasn’t managed it yet either, and so a tilt at the Premier League should he his overarching aim next season. To do that, he should gear towards the following acquisitions.
The chunky Swede has been less instrumental for RB Leipzig this year, but don’t let it detract from the surety of his quality or his potential impact on this Liverpool team.
The departure of Philippe Coutinho and the ongoing injuries of Adam Lallana, Klopp lacks a surgical passer whose vision can splinter defences. What’s more, the Swede could continue his devastating partnership with Leipzig teammate Naby Keita, whose arrival is already confirmed.
After a stellar season at Parc OL, Nabil Fekir is likely to leave Lyon this Summer. The Frenchman looked the real deal before injury robbed him of his momentum two years ago, but he is now back to his best in a campaign stuffed full of goals and assists.
Needless to say, the fee required to prise Fekir away from the Rhone valley will be excessive. Klopp should not hesitate for a man who can fill in for any of his front three without a drop in quality.
Klopp has fond memories of Mainz, the party town where he built his managerial reputation. Centre back Abdou Diallo gives him another reason to return in the summer.
The graceful 22-year-old has impressed throughout the Bundesliga campaign, a gliding foundation for the side’s comfortable finish in mid-table. Rarely ruffled, the left-footer would offer more assurance than the embattled Dejan Lovren. The bonus is, at his age, Diallo will only get better.
Few players have lit up the Championship like Fulham’s flying wing-back. Entrusted by Slavisa Jokanovic with the entire left wing, 17-year-old Ryan Sessegnon has responded in coruscating fashion, with the league’s Player of the Year award showcasing his talent at a ridiculously young age.
Andy Robertson would be a formidable bulwark between Sessegnon and the first team, but top-level competition is just what Sessegnon needs. Under Klopp, he will be guaranteed the opportunity to play in a system that’s bent on attacking play.
Another Fulham graduate who is ready for the step up is Moussa Dembele. The Celtic striker has torn the Scottish League asunder with his pace and finishing ability, averaging a goal every other game. The move North was always going to be a temporary one; Celtic have proven themselves a wonderful proving ground for talent in recent years.
This summer, Dembele will be the latest valedictorian. The 21-year-old Frenchman would be a squad player at Liverpool, but he would offer more reliable cover than the meek Dominic Solanke and the oft-crocked Danny Ings. A move to Anfield would also provide him with a welcome boost in terms of his international prospects, too.
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