As Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool return to the UEFA Champions League for the 2017/18 season, here are five players that the German manager could sign in order to help his side compete on both domestic and European fronts next season.
With Man City already adding to their squad, and Man United starting their summer business on Saturday, this could be a crucial transfer window for the Anfield club.
Having been cast away at Manchester City, England goalkeeper Joe Hart looks destined to move on this summer, and Anfield is being touted as a possible destination for the shot-stopper. Spending last season on loan to Torino, Hart is keen for a return to Premier League football.
Liverpool had their woes in the goalkeeping department last season, largely due to the inconsistency of Simon Mignolet and inexperience of Loris Karius. Hart would add experience and quality in the club’s last line of defence, having twice won the Premier League title.
Having fallen short in their pursuit of Virgil Van Dijk, Liverpool should now turn their attentions to Michael Keane. The Burnley man was a revelation last season, producing form which earned him an England debut and made many wonder why Manchester United actually let him go.
With his former club after signing Victor Lindelof, Liverpool should look to strengthen their backline by bringing a tenacious, fearless young defender who will only grow further in front of the Anfield faithful.
Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko is one of Europe’s most sought-after midfielders after his club won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-final last season. The 22-year-old French defensive midfielder would be a valuable addition to a midfield which has suffered from injuries to both Jordan Henderson and Emre Can in recent seasons.
There is few better at screening the back-four in world football. Phenomenal in the tackle and adept at bursting forward, were Liverpool to secure his signature ahead of their rivals, there would be plenty of envy.
Having made only nine league starts last season, the Colombian seems to be on his way out of Real Madrid. With many of Europe’s top clubs interested in him, Liverpool could make a statement of incredible intent were they to lure James to Anfield. The midfielder will bring flair, goals, assists and entertainment, and would undoubtedly strenghten the team going forward.
Although Rodriguez will cost a pretty penny, fans all around the world know of his ability to turn games on their head, and if I were Jurgen Klopp, I would demand my board to convince him to come to Merseyside.
With the Lyon forward’s proposed move to Atletico Madrid falling through, the Premier League may be an option. Since the departure of Luis Suarez and the evergrowing injury woes of Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool have lacked a top-class striker that converts on a weekly basis.
One thing that Lacazette guarantees is goals, scoring 37 goals in all competitions last season, he could be the man to spearhead Liverpool’s challenge next season, and few would blame Klopp for splashing major cash to secure his services.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena.