It will be a busy summer for Liverpool with a number of reinforcements needed as several first-team players look set to depart. We run the rule over some potential recruits.
Liverpool is set for a busy off-season this summer as a number of established names look set to leave Anfield to be replaced by several new recruits. Here we take a look at some of the names the Reds have been linked with in recent weeks.
Of course, with Liverpool expected to look mainly at strengthening in problem areas such as in midfield and at center-back, it is not surprising that the bulk of the players Jürgen Klopp’s side has been linked with of late operate in those positions. Some names do keep cropping up and there are certain players, such as Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund, who most sides in Europe would happily have as part of their squad.
The Reds cannot just sign a flurry of superstars this summer and it is more likely that Klopp’s staff have been tasked with identifying some more economically-favorable signings as well. The parameters of what would constitute a ‘good’ signing probably differs position-by-position and so the players that Liverpool ends up buying will likely be of differing experience levels, depending on the existing options that are already at the club.
The likes of James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keïta, Arthur Melo and Roberto Firmino are all currently set to leave at the end of this season, with question marks reportedly remaining over the futures of defenders Joël Matip and Nat Phillips. With that in mind, it would not be a major surprise to see some of the following names come in as replacements in the summer.
Here are the top 10 players who have been linked with a move to Anfield in the next transfer window…
António Silva- SL Benfica
António Silva is just 19-years-old but his potential is already clear, having already made a big impression for Benfica and having made his international bow back in November.
The center-back would be an excellent understudy to first-choice pair Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konaté at Liverpool.
The two-time international has been a ‘target’ for Liverpool for many months now, according to Fabrizio Romano. Given the reported interest from other big European clubs, this would be a coup for the Reds.
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Mason Mount- Chelsea
João Palhinha- Fulham
Adrien Rabiot- Juventus