It’s bound to be an interesting summer at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp will be readying the Liverpool squad ahead of his first full season on Merseyside and there are bound to be plenty of comings and goings.
The Reds have been linked with a whole host of players but it’s hard to know whether this is merely paper talk or there is something behind the rumours.
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But respected journalist James Pearce has taken the time to reveal the five players that Klopp wants to sign this summer.
In a video for the Liverpool Echo, Pearce named five player that Klopp is keen to purchase.
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First up, is Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell who was subject to a reported £7 million bid from Liverpool that was rejected.
“[Chilwell] is a player Klopp wanted to bring in to compete with Alberto Moreno,” Pearce said.
“However, it’s a deal that Liverpool haven’t been able to get done yet with a bid of £7m - £5m up front and £2m add-ons - rejected by the Premier League champions who want £10m for him.”
The second player Pearce names is Piotr Zielinski. The Polish midfielder is currently at Euro 2016 where he played his first match during their 2-0 win against Ukraine.
“He’s a player Liverpool have been tracking for quite some time - they made a move to try and sign him back in January - however, that didn’t come off,” Pearce said.
“I think Liverpool tabled a bid recently of £9.5m but it’s complicated slightly with the fact that Zielinski is with Poland.”
One player that many Liverpool fans want to see at the club is Mario Gotze. The German midfielder was linked with a reunion with Klopp before the European Championships began but the rumours has since cooled.
“It’s fair to say the chances of signing him have dwindled considerably,” Pearce said.
“The word from the player’s camp is that his attitude is he wants to sit tight and see out the final year of his contract at Bayern Munich.
“It may be one that they [Liverpool] look to revisit again next summer if he’s out of contract.”
Sadio Mane is a player that many believed was an alternative to Gotze and the Southampton man has been linked with a big-money move to Merseyside.
“Liverpool are very serious about signing Mane,” Pearce said.
“Liverpool came close to signing him two years ago but Brendan Rodgers decided he didn’t want that deal to go through at the time but he’s clearly rated highly by members of the transfer committee.
“There’s a real keenness within the club to push on with that one.”
And finally, Pearce names Mahmoud Dahoud as the fifth player Klopp is keen to sign. The 20-year-old German midfielder currently plays for Borussia Monchengladbach but it seems as though Liverpool’s hopes of signing him are fading.
“Liverpool scouted him heavily last season,” Pearce said.
“The word from Monchengladbach is that they’re very reluctant to sell him this summer.
“To try and prise him away from their this summer, you’re looking at upwards of £20m-£25m which I think Liverpool are reluctant to go that high. So it may be one they revisit in the future.”
So, there you have it. Five players that Klopp is keen to bring to Anfield and it will be interesting to see if he can work his magic to attract any of them to join his project on Merseyside.
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