The summer transfer window closed with Liverpool in the black despite spending almost £70m on new recruits. Jurgen Klopp strengthened heavily bringing in Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum for £34m and £25m respectively. The German was also able to bring in players on the cheap such as Loris Karius for under £5m and Joel Matip on a free.
The Reds are currently top of the Premier League going into the international break and have lost just once in the league. Klopp’s side are the most in-form side in the country and could well go on to become Premier League champions if they can add their squad in January.
We take a look at four players who could add something to the Liverpool squad in the upcoming transfer window.
CHRISTIAN PULISIC – BORUSSIA DORTMUND
Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic was the subject of a £11m bid from Liverpool in the summer window which was subsequently rejected by the German club. The young American winger is one of the brightest talents in the world and has made nine appearances for the US national team despite being just 18-years-old.
According to the Mail Online, a January transfer could be on the cards as Pulisic revealed his love for English football. He had a spell in England during his youth career and would jump at the chance to work with a manager like Klopp.
With Mane set to leave Liverpool for the African Cup of Nations, there is a huge void which needs to be filled. The Senegal international has set the league alight since arriving on Merseyside and will be a huge miss for the Reds. Signing Pulisic would ease the pain of losing Mane and secure the services of one of the hottest prospects in world football.
VIRGIL VAN DIJK – SOUTHAMPTON
Since arriving from Celtic last season, Virgil Van Dijk has blossomed into one of the best defenders in the Premier League. The Dutchman displays huge composure on the ball and is the true definition of a modern day centre-back.
Klopp has favoured Dejan Lovren alongside Matip, but there are still a few question marks over the Croatian international. A poor performance against Crystal Palace may have been a one-off, but I believe Van Dijk is a better player. In stats department, Van Dijk dominates. The Saints defender has made more clearances, blocks, tackles and less defensive errors than the Liverpool man per 90 minutes.
Signing Van Dijk could prove an astute piece of business by the Reds but could face competition for his signature from Manchester United. The 25-year-old’s best years are ahead of him so a deal to bring him to Anfield would not be cheap.
Despite James Milner being used to good effect at left-back this season, the position remains a problem area for Liverpool in the long-term. The ex-Manchester City man has performed admirably in the position after Alberto Moreno was dropped, but a natural left-back would be a better fit in the Liverpool defence. One potential target is Benfica’s Alex Grimaldo.
The former Barcelona defender was allowed to leave for Portugal for a mere £1m but set the Portuguese league alight since his arrival. His performances have not gone unnoticed with both Manchester clubs reportedly keeping tabs on the Spaniard. The 21-year-old was expected to be the natural heir to Jordi Alba in the Barcelona first-team but was never given a chance to impress the Catalans.
A £51 buy-out clause in his contract could detract potential suitors, but if Grimaldo can maintain his high performances levels, a move to England could be on the cards. He may be expensive, but the defender could be the long-term solution to Liverpool’s left-back dilemma once and for all.
Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder, Mahmoud Dahoud, was linked heavily with a move to Anfield in the summer after rejecting a new contract with the German club in the summer. The move failed to materialise as Liverpool opted to sign Wijnaldum from Newcastle.
It was expected that Liverpool would return in January following rumours that Dahoud has a release clause allowing him to leave next summer for just £8.5m. If true, Monchengladbach would be more willing to sell to gain a higher price for their prized asset.
Although the 20-year-old has made just four starts this season in the Bundesliga, he remains a huge midfield prospect and one that Klopp is extremely fond of. Whether the signing of Wijnaldum impacts a move for Dahoud, remains to be seen as the two are extremely similar players.
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