It’ll be the first summer transfer window this year for Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.
The German has had time now, since being appointed in October, to assess his squad and decide who is staying and whose Anfield career is coming to an end. Klopp has seen plenty of improvements in his team from the likes of Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Divock Origi and the fact the club have reached two finals speaks volumes for how the players are adopting his tactics.
There will be changes, however, as Liverpool go in search of better league form – finishing only eighth suggests there isn’t the depth needed in the squad to compete on all fronts just yet.
The German coming in from Dortmund means there will be a number of his former players linked with a move to Merseyside this summer as well as some of the usual names being set for a move to Anfield.
Here at FootballFanCast we’ve had a look at the rumours to bring you TEN players bound to be linked with Liverpool this coming transfer window…
With the potential to be one of the most protracted transfer sagas of this summer, Mario Gotze to Liverpool refuses to go away. It makes sense, of course, to link an unhappy Gotze with a move to the club where his former manager, whom he achieved so much with, works, and if Liverpool can offer him the chance to progress his career, which is stagnating at Bayern Munich, it could be a done deal.
Liverpool searching for a goalkeeper is widely expected given Simon Mignolet’s struggles and Adam Bogdan seemingly not good enough. Karius is the latest ‘keeper to be linked with a move to Anfield and the current Mainz stopper has had a good season. The young German is a great shot stopper but the key point about him is his ability to command his area, something Liverpool’s defence is currently without.
Brahimi has been part of the Porto side that has underwhelmed this year in the Portuguese Premeira Liga, but that won’t put of clubs of the Reds’ calibre. Brahimi is part of a promising Algerian national side that boasts the likes of Riyad Mahrez and given his favoured position is down the flanks, an area Liverpool lack options, it’s a potential deal that makes sense.
Similar to Gotze, the Serbian centre half was a big Klopp player, but has seen very little playing action this season for his club. Still at Dortmund, Subotic was a key part of the Bundesliga winning sides under Liverpool’s manager and may want to try and see if he can help do the same on Merseyside. Dortmund might want to keep him due to Mats Hummels joining Bayern Munich, but it could be a little too late to reconcile with the defender.
Pastore secured a big money move to PSG but could be set to move again this year. The Argentine is a quick thinking attacking midfielder and would add extra threat to Liverpool’s attacking play with the likes of Philipe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge in the side. His wages may prove a stumbling block, but Pastore has plenty of years left and would be a statement of intent from the Reds.
Many thought Lacazette would sign at Anfield last summer, but that never came to fruition. The Frenchman has had another stellar year in Ligue 1 for Lyon and it’s anyone’s guess as to how he is only a reserve for Didier Deschamps’ French EURO 2016 squad. He is an out and out striker and would guarantee goals if Liverpool still have doubts over Daniel Sturridge’s fitness.
As soon as Klopp went to Liverpool there was a huge clamour from the Liverpool fans to sign Marco Reus. A prime example of what the German can do in terms of improving players, Reus went from a largely unknown quantity to one of Dortmund’s best players. He does all the things a world class player should do and perhaps after seeing his side be dumped out of the Europa League by Klopp’s new charges, he fancies being part of that too.
Callum Wilson was set for a barnstorming season, leading the scoring charts in the early stages of 2015/16. Cruelly for him and Bournemouth he was robbed of that chance by a lengthy injury, but now back it seems as though other clubs in the league haven’t forgotten his exploits, including Liverpool. Could be a cheaper option to many strikers out there but Bournemouth will try everything to resist any bids.
The young Empoli midfielder (who has been on loan from Udinese) is being heavily linked with the Reds and it might just be a matter of time until this one is confirmed. Zielinski brings a lot of running and dynamism to the centre of the pitch and this is obviously a hallmark of a Jurgen Klopp player. The thinking is if Zielinski already has this base then Klopp can surely mould him into an even better player.
Gundogan dislocated his knee towards the end of this season, so there may be some concerns over his future fitness. He is, however, one of the best midfielders about and would dictate the tempo in Liverpool’s team. Gundogan is pivotal to Klopp’s style, knitting it all together, and if the German can persuade his former player to do that again for the Reds they’d be a impressive unit.