Summer freebies: Five swoops Liverpool should consider making

SAM JONES has scouted some talent Liverpool could look to snap up on a free this summer.

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As another season comes to an end, so do the contracts of a swathe of top division stars across Europe.

We’ll see fan favourite Gini Wijnaldum leave the club after five years of service, as the club was unable to come to an agreement to convince the Dutchman to stay.

With the Reds losing such a key player without a transfer fee, and considering their track record with free transfers, should they look to bring in a couple of freebies of their own?

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There are lots of high quality players available for free, but Liverpool still have to take care to make sure any player is the right fit.

So who should they go for?

Memphis Depay

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The 27-year-old is an attacker with a proven record who can play all across the front line, with his best positions being down the left and through the middle.

The Dutchman would provide another world-class option for the Reds in the front line, something that they will need in an effort to compete for the league title again next season.


With rumours circulating that one of the front three will leave in the summer, Depay could be a great option with little downside other than potentially hefty wages.

He is however best known for being a Manchester United flop when he was a youngster, however, Mo Salah was just a Chelsea “reject” once right?

Hakan Çalhanoğlu

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Set-piece specialist Çalhanoğlu is a creative midfielder who was once linked to some of the biggest sides in the game.

This season, the Turk has four goals and 10 assists in the league, as AC Milan finished second in the Serie A.

This season has showed the Reds need an extra creative option in the midfield to help break a deep block. Çalhanoğlu could be that man, especially considering he created more chances than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues this season.


On a free transfer, the move would be high risk but he has the potential to bring very high reward.

Oh, and lets not forget that he once scored this…

Elseid Hysaj

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The Albanian right-back is a player not many Liverpool fans would be shouting to get in the club, but it’s a move that could make a lot of sense.

The Reds need someone to be a back up for Trent Alexander-Arnold, and that is currently Neco Williams.

However, the Welshman could use regular game time elsewhere. In his limited opportunities this season he hasn’t shown anything like the form needed to play regularly for Liverpool.

A good option could be bringing in Hysaj as a backup and granting Williams a temporary move another Premier League club.

He’s far from a household name, but is someone who could add some strength in depth ahead of what will be a relentless season.

Marcos Paulo

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Fluminense’s 20-year-old wide man has been an ever-present for his side for the last two seasons, bagging seven goals and as many assists in the process.


Would Paulo make waves in the first team at Anfield?

Almost definitely not, but he could start in the u23 side and could be someone who the Reds make some decent money on in the future.

Would the move excite the fans?

Again, probably not – but it would be a smart move financially which could help free up funds for the next big player the club moves for.

Daniel Sturridge

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A fan favourite at Anfield, Sturridge has proven he is a world-class finisher for many years. Not that we need a reminder…

The striker has been a free agent since January and could be a decent squad player for the Reds, chipping in with a few goals here and there provided he stays fit.

He has to be a better finisher than Divock Origi, right?

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