Liverpool have started their pre-season campaign extremely well by all accounts, having won again after thrashing League One side Fleetwood Town 5-0 on Wednesday evening.
There were some extremely encouraging signs as boss Jurgen Klopp kept a close eye on the sidelines, but a couple of decent pre-season results won’t have haltered the German’s desire to bring in some more new faces.
Sadio Mane has looked strong in both of the Reds’ first pre-season matches and it will be a case of more the same, whoever comes through the Anfield door next.
Klopp has been happy to give first-team debuts to some of the clubs’ younger starlets in pre-season but realistically, these lads won’t be making up the bulk of the squad when the season begins again in August.
Some with some new faces still needed on Merseyside, who should Klopp be targeting, especially after what we’ve seen on the pitch in pre-season already?
Here’s FIVE transfer targets for the Reds after analysing the impressive Fleetwood win…
If there is a particular position in particular where the Reds are looking a little light, it’s left-back. With just Alberto Moreno the clubs’ only senior left-sided defender, reinforcements will be needed in this department in the coming weeks for sure.
And what better man to come in than Jonas Hector, who we all know after his promising the Euros. Competent going forward and defensively very good too- he could be a perfect fit.
He’s been a target for a few weeks now and still, no-one has wrapped up the signing of Udinese midfielder Piotr Zielinski.
The Polish international has been linked with the likes of Napoli and AC Milan this year, showing just how good is and The Reds sure would be missing a beat if they didn’t bring him in.
His passing and distribution is excellent and he’s not afraid of testing the goalkeeper from distance either.
Another player linked with a move to Anfield, Gotze has the quality to improve any Premier League side. Having worked with Jurgen Klopp at Dortmund, the player knows the management and expectations very well indeed.
He would offer fantastic competition to Liverpool’s current playmakers Roberto Firmino and Phillipe Coutinho and we know just how good he is after watching him at Bayern Munich for the past couple of seasons.
Ozguzhan Ozyakup, otherwise known as “Ozzy” is another creative midfielder that could add masses of quality to Liverpool’s ranks if he was brought in.
He’s seen as one of Besiktas’ brightest young talents and has had an excellent season in the Turkish League, as well as joining his team-mates for his countries Euro 2016 campaign.
Another attacking midfielder, he boasts plenty of flair, trickery and pace.
Perhaps one of the more ambitious names on this list, Raheem Sterling hasn’t had the easiest time of it since his transfer to Manchester City.
With Pep Guardiola bringing Spanish forward Nolito to the Etihad as soon as he was appointed, Sterling’s future looks uncertain.
Whilst a move back to Liverpool might be seen as unlikely, he’s got unquestionable quality when he is in-form.