Jurgen Klopp faces an interesting summer ahead as Liverpool manager as he aims to rejuvenate his squad ahead of another tilt at success next season.
The Anfield club won two trophies last season and came so close to Premier League and Champions League glory but the German constantly wants to improve wherever possible.
One of their key transfer targets in Aurelien Tchouameni appears to be heading to Real Madrid from Monaco, and this could have been a real blow to Liverpool’s ambitions next season.
Klopp is a master of recruitment, though, and this news will have only had a small impact on the 54-year-old before thoughts turn to other targets, and there may be good news when it comes to a midfielder that the Reds are chasing.
Ibrahim Sangare, the PSV Eindhoven midfielder with whom Liverpool have been linked, has said that he believes he will be a Premier League player next season. With his heart set on a move to England, the Reds face competition from Manchester United and Chelsea.
The 24-year-old played 38 matches for PSV last season, scoring four goals in total, mainly in a defensive midfield position. Sangare ranked third in the Eredivisie for interceptions with 72, while his 64 tackles was the second-most in the division.
These figures clearly show that his defensive attributes are top-class, and he could fit into Klopp’s midfield with ease alongside someone like Thiago, who could be given licence to go forward more often and pick out deft passes from which the front three can work their magic in the final third.
Former PSV manager Aad de Mos lauded Sangare as “dangerous” recently, and his performances for the Eindhoven club last season allowed him to showcase his abilities, both attacking-wise and defensively.
For just under £30m, it could be a wise investment for Klopp and Liverpool to make.