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Liverpool’s possible summer 2018 transfer targets

5) Jack Butland (Stoke City)

While Loris Karius has impressed off late for the Reds, there are still doubts about his ability to sustain at the highest level whereas Mignolet, on the other hand, looks set to exit Anfield this summer. Therefore, Liverpool definitely will be in the market for a top notch goalkeeper. Their search should end in the Premier league itself where a player of Jack Butland’s unimpeachable talent will likely be available for a transfer. The England international has been in fine form this season though his efforts were ultimately in vain as the Potters were relegated from the league. The likes of Arsenal too are reportedly interested in a move for the goalkeeper hence Liverpool need to be quick in their efforts.

4) Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City)

Another Stoke player who will be likely on the move will be XherdanShaqiri. The Swiss has yet to fulfill his potential having featured for top sides like Bayern and Inter in his career. Despite positive starts, the midfielder could not make the expected impact. At Stoke, more than anything Shaqiri has found continuity, which Klopp cannot possibly guarantee given his front three have been in superb form this season. However, he would provide the best possible cover for the likes of Mane and Salah, whose form deteriorated during the end of the season, which will be a concern for the Reds going into the Champions league final. Klopp has always been a keen admirer of Shaqiri, having followed him since his time at Dortmund, In fact, Klopp wanted Shaqiri to replace Mario Gotze at Dortmund. Stoke’s downfall also means that Shaqiri will be available for a cut price this time, an opportunity none of the Premier league clubs would want to miss out on.

3) Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City)

The defensive midfielder could be the player to sort out Liverpool’s defensive midfield quandary. Jordan Henderson has certainly enjoyed a fine season playing in a deeper role but the midfielder has had his injury problems, which have threatened Liverpool’s form. Their skipper is the only real player Klopp trusts in that role. With Emre Can’s contract running down, the German looks set to exit Klopp’s camp. As such, Liverpool will be in the market for reinforcements. Naby Keita’s impending arrival will surely strengthen the midfield but the deeper position needs to have a backup. Ndidi has performed well above expectations for the Foxes this season and even won the Leicester’s young player of the season. Ndidi has previously suggested that he would not be averse to the idea of moving to a top club therefore the Reds definitely need to try out their luck with the prospect of signing a young, energetic and taller version of N’GoloKante.

2) Nabil Fekir (Lyon)

The Frenchman has been in fine touch for Lyon over the past few seasons now. His fine form has already earned him a place in Didier Deschamps’ final 23 squad for the World Cup. Even bigger has been the fact that Fekir was picked over the likes of Anthony Martial and AlexandreLacazette, which proves Fekir’s quality. The attacking midfielder primarily plays in the center but is equally capable of playing on the wings and even in the false 9 role. Fekir was reportedly close to signing for Arsenal, partly due to his French connection with Arsene Wenger; however, now with Wenger no longer at the club, the tide could turn in Liverpool’s favour. Chamberlain has done remarkably well to fill in Coutinho’s boots but a knee injury now means that he will be out till November.  Fekir could thus prove as a solid replacement for the departed Coutinho with his deft touch and football brain. The only likely barrier though will be the price that Fekir’s transfer would command but again, Liverpool have a huge balance in their account after the Brazilian was sold for a mighty 145 million in January.

1)TobyAlderweireld (Tottenham)

It has slowly become clear that Alderweireld’s Spurs’ career has been coming to an end after a reported fall out with Mauricio Pochettino. The case resembles a lot with that of Kyle Walker, who ended up at Manchester City. The Belgian is one of the finest center backs on his day and is one Europe’s top clubs have been looking at for quite some time now. While Liverpool might not be the best option for Alderweireld given the allure of clubs like Barca. However, under Klopp, Liverpool have become a highly enticing option. Case in point is Virgil Van Djik who could virtually handpicked his next destination, but chose Liverpool above others. A center back pairing of Van Djik and Alderweireld will be a thing of dreams for Liverpool fans, especially considering the upgrade Alderweireld would prove after what has been yet another error prone season for DejanLovren. It looks highly unlikely that the Belgian would chose Liverpool, but if the Reds could defeat Real Madrid in the final, refusal will only get tougher for the 29-year old.

 

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