Liverpool confirmed the signing of Sadio Mane yesterday for a fee of, reportedly, £34m.
It’s the club’s third foray into the summer transfer market under Jurgen Klopp, following Loris Karius and Joel Matip’s arrivals, as he looks to begin building a side that can emulate his Bundesliga-winning Borussia Dortmund team.
Mane, joining from Southampton, will aim to bring his powerful running and goalscoring threat to the Reds, and at the age of 24, Klopp will be hoping he’s got the Senegal forward for his best years.
It’s widely expected there’s plenty more in store for the club as the German reshapes his side, with Marko Grujic confirmed as a signing last season whilst the aforementioned Karius has come in as competition for Simon Mignolet. So who else could be on their way to the club?
Here at FootballFanCast we’ve had a look at some of the rumours doing the rounds to bring you FIVE of the players that could be on their way to Merseyside next…
The reports surrounding Lucas Moura to Liverpool seem to be growing and the Brazilian would be a real asset for the Reds.
The prospect of the Paris Saint-Germain man linking up with his compatriots Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino is an exciting thought for the Anfield faithful going forward and would surely fire Liverpool towards the top four at least. He might not come cheap, but with the Mane deal demonstrating the resources available at the club, that shouldn’t be a problem.
The Mexican scored nine goals in 29 games in the Portuguese league last season – not bad for a central midfielder.
The benchmark for a good goalscoring midfielder is one goal every three games and Herrera evidently fits the bill. Liverpool lack goals from central midfield, with Lucas, Emre Can, James Milner and Jordan Henderson not exactly prolific, and so if Liverpool can add the Porto man to their ranks it looks as though they’d be getting something they don’t currently possess.
It’s no secret that Liverpool’s left side of defence needs some work.
Alberto Moreno currently leaves a lot to be desired defensively, Jon Flanagan has played there, but would surely prefer to be on the right flank, and Joe Gomez filled in well at the start of last season, but is ultimately a centre-half. Step forward young Andrew Robertson of Hull. The Scottish left back had a solid campaign in the Championship last year and may prove an inspired cheaper option that Jurgen Klopp would relish working with.
La Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy is reporting this one.
Pjaca is a versatile attacking player, primarily used on the left, but also down the other flank and as a ‘No.10’ for Dinamo Zagreb. In his 42 appearances last season he contributed, through either his own finish or an assist, 18 goals and he could be the kind of player Klopp builds his team around long-term. The German likes to look for players with big potential that haven’t quite gained the attention of every big European club and this could lead to Pjaca being a real find.
If Liverpool want to come anywhere near winning the league, which is surely their eventual aim despite downplaying expectations, then they need to do everything in their power to bring in Higuain.
The Argentine completely wiped the floor with Serie A defences last year, hitting 36 goals in 35 games as Napoli pushed for the title. Eventually the Naples side fell short behind Juventus and this has reportedly led to Higuain not wanting to extend his contract past this one. He’d be at a cut price, well, sort of, and Liverpool should act.