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Liverpool make contact for Teun Koopmeiners

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Teun Koopmeiners over the last few weeks and now a new update has emerged on the club’s pursuit of the player during the January transfer window.

What’s the latest?

According to Tutto Atalanta, Liverpool have made contact with the Atalanta midfielder’s representatives with an interest in signing the player in 2023.

As per the report, Jurgen Klopp is a big admirer of Koopmeiners and it is claimed that it would take just €40m (£35m) for Julian Ward and co to secure his signature.

He could save Liverpool’s season

There is no doubt that Liverpool are in some serious need of reinforcements in their team after a disappointing campaign so far at Anfield and the midfield in particular is becoming a pressing issue.

Liverpool are currently sixth in the Premier League after an inconsistent run of performances, were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Manchester City and last night were subjected to an FA Cup replay due to a dramatic third-round clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers ending at 2-2.

Not only do the Reds need rapid improvements, but they are also in a position where they are set to lose at least three of their midfielders in the summer with Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner set to be out of contract.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

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As a result, the signing of Koopmeiners could save Liverpool’s season if they can snap him up this month, with the addition of a world-class central player no doubt needed at Anfield given their lack of depth and quality in that area of the field.

The talented 24-year-old ranks incredibly impressively compared to his positional peers in Europe’s top five leagues over the last year, sitting in the top 20% for shots on goal and shot-creating actions, suggesting he is a rather influential player in the final third.

Furthermore, he is also in the top 20% for touches and progressive passes received.

Over 16 Serie A appearances, the Dutchman – who was dubbed an “elite” talent by scout Jacek Kulig – has scored four goals, registered two assists and created three big chances.

On top of that, he has averaged 1.7 key passes, 1.5 tackles, 1.4 clearances and won 3.8 duels per game, proving he is both an attacking threat and defensively sound.

For context, of everyone in Liverpool’s squad to have started more than twice, only Mo Salah, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold can trump him for key passes per match.

With that being said, if Liverpool can secure the signing of Koopmeiners it would be a great piece of business ahead of the second half of the season. It would mark a seismic boost that the current squad needs in the centre of the pitch as they go in search of ultimately rescuing their campaign.