Five signings to kick-start Klopp’s Liverpool revolution

Fresh Liverpool appointment Jurgen Klopp has already sought to downplay potential activity in the January transfer window but new managers mean new ideas, new tactics, new philosophies and inevitably somewhere along the line, new signings.

Indeed, there are many comparisons between the Dortmund side Klopp guided to back-to-back Bundesliga titles and the current Liverpool crop, but on-pitch allies are always a bonus and I’m sure the towering German is keen to imprint his own ideals onto the team.

Likewise, many would argue the Reds still need to source some superior quality if they’re to come back from an underwhelming start and break into the Premier League’s top four this season.

Take Anfield legend John Barnes, for instance, who said earlier this week:”Is Liverpool’s potential good enough to win the league? I don’t think so. We still need better players and I think one of the reasons he has been brought in is because of his knowledge of good, young German players. That’s what it is going to take. Ultimately, it’s about success and he’s a good manager at getting his teams to play attractive, aggressive, high-tempo football.”

With that in mind and the January window by no means as far away as it may seem – two and a half months away, to be precise – Football Fancast have shortlisted FIVE ideal signings to kickoff Klopp’s Kop revolution.

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ROMAN WEIDENFELLER


Despite the summer arrival of Adam Bogdan, Liverpool still lack a goalkeeper capable of truly threatening Simon Mignolet’s No.1 status, at which point I turn your attentions to Borussia Dortmund’s Roman Weidenfeller.

The German international is by no means the eccentric shot-stopper he once was, consistently performing between-the-sticks-heroics as Dortmund staged an unexpected march to the 2013 Champions League final, but the 35 year-old is vastly experienced and obviously well acquainted with Klopp’s methodologies.

Furthermore, he’s plummeted down the pecking order at Westfalenstadion since Klopp’s resignation, this term featuring exclusively in the Europa League, so the timing feels right for the 6 foot 3 goalie to take on a new challenge – potentially in the Premier League.

Weidenfeller has been at Dortmund since 2002, however, and might be a little too comfortable with his surroundings to jump ship now.

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NEVEN SUBOTIC


Neven Subotic has already been mooted as a potential January target of Liverpool’s and the Merseysiders could certainly do with an injection of Champions League quality at the heart of their defence.

The Serbian international has spent much of his Dortmund career as the support act to Mats Hummels but he’s an incredibly talented centre-back in his own right, famed for his sharp turn of pace, astute reading of the game and defensive work on the deck – perhaps epitomised best by his 2.5 interceptions and 2.1 tackles per match during the 2013/14 campaign.

Jurgen Klopp brought the 26 year-old with him to Westfalenstadion from Mainz back in 2008, which is why he’s been tipped to become one of the German’s first signings at Anfield gaffer.

Whether the 6 foot 2 defender is actually interested and whether Dortmund would be prepared to sell remains to be seen – especially after extending his contract just a matter of months ago.

But fellow centre-backs Sokratis and Matthias Ginter have both excelled in Subotic’s absence through this season whilst his current terms are still set to expire in summer 2017, so a move to Anfield is certainly within the realms of possibility.

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SOFIANE BOUFAL


Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp are both keen to sign young players and one taking Europe’s gossip columns by storm at the moment is Lille’s Sofiane Boufal.

Dubbed ‘the new Eden Hazard’, the 22-year-old attacking midfielder is very much the flavour of the month after bagging three goals in eight Ligue 1 appearances this season. He’s also averaged the most dribbles, four, and the second-most created chances, 3.8, per-match of any player in the division.

Of course, the Morocco international is still some way off the finished article but does represent the kind of signing Liverpool’s transfer committee would probably approve of – young, on the cusp of elite European football and blessed with enormous potential.

Boufal’s agent has already revealed Tottenham are interested in the midfield prodigy, however, so the Reds have a bit of catching up to do if they’re to sign him in January.

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RUBEN NEVES


From the ‘new Hazard’ to the ‘new Sergio Busquets’, Porto starlet Ruben Neves, compared to the Barcelona midfielder by team-mate Cristian Tello, has already been linked with a January move to Anfield.

The 18 year-old is still very much a developing talent but he’s already made 42 appearances for the Porto first team, recently starring in a shock 2-1 win over Chelsea in the Champions League – a competition he’s averaged four tackles and 3.5 interceptions per match in this term.

Liverpool struggled to replace Lucas Leiva during the summer but the Portugal U21 ace could be the ideal candidate, famed for his simple-yet-effective style of play and composure in possession.

His contract includes a £29million release clause, however, which Liverpool will probably have to pay in full if they want to sign Neves mid-season.

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EZEQUIEL LAVEZZI


Reports linking Ezequiel Lavezzi with a move to Liverpool have become almost a running joke. He’s been tipped for a Mersey switch for the best part of two years yet still remains at PSG.

That being said, the Argentina international’s Parc des Princes tenure is almost certain to come to an end within the next two transfer windows, with his contract set to expire at the end of the campaign, and he certainly suits Jurgen Klopp’s energetic style of play.

Indeed, in addition to occasionally pulling off the sublime – that stunning goal against Chelsea during the 2013/14 campaign, for example – the 30 year-old is famed for his pace and industriousness, two characteristics integral to Klopp’s counter-counter-attacking strategy.

Likewise, if there’s one thing the Liverpool squad desperately lacks at the minute, it’s a genuine wide player – especially on the left-hand side. PSG will likely surrender Lavezzi for a nominal fee in January but his wages could ultimately stand in the way of a long-awaited Liverpool move.

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