Five players Liverpool should sign in the summer transfer window! Which players can Liverpool sign in order to push on and finally secure their first ever Premier League title? The likes of Virgil van Dijk, Allison and Mohamed Salah have been brought in Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in recent years and massively evolved the side - but who should the German tactician bring in to improve his side this summer?
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Liverpool were excellent in the 2018/2019 Premier League season. Defensively sound and exhilarating going forward, Jurgen Klopp’s side successfully evolved from their gegenpressing style to a more possession-based system to great effect. Liverpool were top of the league at Christmas, but Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City refused to fall away and ultimately pipped them to the title by a single point. This meant that Liverpool amassed the third best points tally in Premier League history, and yet still missed out on the title. What do they do from here to improve?
The signature of young CB Sepp van den Berg has already been secured, with the former PEC Zwolle player being announced at the end of June. However, many would argue that Liverpool need a ready-made CB to slot in alongside Virgil van Dijk given Joe Gomez’s concerning injury record - and a back-up left-back and versatile forward could really help to evolve the side, too.
Arguably the most exciting option when it comes to that ‘versatile forward’ that Liverpool have seemingly identified as a priority would be Ajax’s elite creator Hakim Ziyech. Currently away doing his thing at AFCON, the Morocan forward shone in Ajax’s landmark season - averaging a goal or assist every single game in the Eredivisie and often running Ajax’s attack in that Champions League run. There are conflicting reports about the player’s release clause / valuation, but Ziyech’s intense pressing style and elite creativity makes him ideal for this Liverpool side regardless of the price. Another player that plays primarily on the right and would suit Liverpool is Lille ace Nicolas Pepe. The Ivory Coast international has put up frankly ridiculous numbers in Ligue 1 this season, and stylistically profiles quite similarly to Liverpool’s own Mohamed Salah. Whilst there’s surely no plans to move the Egyptian forward on any time soon, it wouldn’t hurt to have a player ready to step into that role if Salah was to move on - and Pepe is the ideal man to do that.
Bruno Fernandes, Sporting Lisbon’s goal-scoring central midfielder, is another player than Liverpool could look to add to their ranks this summer. Liverpool have had a very good 12 months, but their most worrying performances have come against low-block sides - with Klopp’s team often missing Philipe Coutinho’s influence in those patience-testing affairs. Fernandes is an undeniable threat when shooting from distance, which in turn forces teams to press him aggressively and risk opening gaps. With over twenty goals to his name last season, Fernandes will be hot property in this market but as Champions of Europe Liverpool are well-positioned to sign the Portugese star.
Our final two suggestions come from the Bundesliga. Liverpool are understood to have a longstanding interest in RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, and the German club are reportedly looking for suitors for the player in order to avoid losing him on a free next summer. Werner is tailor-made for this Liverpool team: he’s an excellent presser, versatile and explosive. Werner would offer Liverpool something completely different to Roberto Firmino, and he’s proven himself to be a reliable goalscorer over the last three seasons. Liverpool have been very fortunate in terms of lack of injuries to their front three over the last two seasons, and really need to bring in a versatile forward to ensure their season can’t be derailed by one of Salah, Mane or Firmino picking up an injury. Werner would provide that, and he’d also future-proof their attack. Signing him for below his market value due to his contract situation would give Klopp and co. leverage to use Timo Werner as a rotation option initially - but he has the ability to ultimately nail down one of those starting roles in the side. Elsewhere, Bayer Leverkusen’s teenage sensation Kai Havertz would be a very good signing for Liverpool. Unusually for a player his age, Kai Havertz is excellent both on and off the ball. He’d incredibly quick, very hard working and tactically intelligent. With the ball at his feet, the lanky German has a natural goalscoring instinct that is absolutely invaluable. Like Werner, Havertz’s ability to play in different positions across the attack make him an ideal singing for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
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