Over the past several months, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have been mulling over a move for Koopmeiners, with iNews stating they’ve been consistently tracking his performances, with a January move potentially forthcoming.
However, according to Fabrizio Romano, discussing transfer speculation with Caught Offside, the transfer guru suggested the Serie A outfit would be far from inclined to part with one of their most coveted assets at the midpoint of the campaign, especially following the recent sale of positional peer Ruslan Malinovskyi to Marseille.
“Rumours are there because Liverpool sent their scouts to monitor him multiple times in the last year, but things are quiet on the Koopmeiners deal, as of now.”
Koopmeiners could finally give Liverpool’s German manager Klopp the stability and assurance he so craves within his starting midfield; the Merseyside outfit currently boast only 28 points from 17 fixtures in the Premier League, seven points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester United.
With a multitude of speculation soaring around the rumour mill, a bid for Atalanta’s Koopmeiners could bear fruit for a side seeking to challenge for every major honour on offer.
This season alone, the 15-cap ace has made 17 appearances for his outfit, scoring five goals and supplying two assists, impressing with his rounded arsenal and aiding his outfit in the fight for Champions League football – Atalanta sit in sixth place after 17 matches, three points behind fourth-placed Inter Milan.
And as per FBref, the “orchestrator” – as lauded by Jack Kulig – ranks within the top 8% for those in his position across Europe’s top five leagues for shot-creating actions, the top 18% for touches in the attacking penalty area and the top 18% for progressive passes received – his expansive, forward-thinking presence is exactly what the Reds need to instil a fresh sense of clarity surrounding the fortunes of the side.
And according to the statistical website, Liverpool’s very own Harvey Elliott could be one to prosper following the inclusion, with the 19-year-old ranked among the most comparable players for Koopmeiners.
Elliott has been somewhat thrust into the thick of the action at Anfield this term despite his inexperience, playing a remarkable 27 times already across all competitions this season, starting on 17 of those occasions.
Again, as per FBref, Elliott ranks within the top 4% of midfielders for touches in the attacking penalty area and the top 2% for progressive passes received, also in the top 19% as the creator of progressive passes – these similarities in offence-minded statistics, partnered with the vibrancy both ace’s bring to the pitch, would wedge Liverpool’s cohesive intensity firmly back in place.
The Merseyside outfit simply must forge a move for the burgeoning £44m-rated Dutch midfielder, with his industrious approach and dynamism within the different facets of his midfield game, he could be the catalyst to instigate success at Anfield once again.