Five relegated Premier League players Liverpool could sign this summer

Despite teams being relegated from England’s top division, certain individuals stood out within those sides during the campaign to warrant Liverpool’s potential transfer attention. BEN PAINTER looks at possible targets for the Reds going into the summer window.

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Liverpool have had great success in recent years, signing players from clubs that have dropped down the Championship following disappointing campaigns in the Premier League.

Gini Wijnaldum, Andrew Robertson and Xherdan Shaqiri were all picked up from Newcastle, Hull City and Stoke City respectively, as Michael Edwards worked his magic to bring them in on reduced deals.

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Each have gone on to become valuable assets within the Liverpool side that has recently gone on to win the Champions League, Super Cup, Club World Cup and finally the Premier League title.

With these previous successes in mind, we look at five players Klopp and Edwards could sign this summer when the transfer window opens up in July.

Ismaila Coulibaly

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Coulibaly was signed as a teenager from Sarpsborg 08 just last summer, as Sheffield United looked to strengthen their youth prospects.

He has since spent the season on loan at Beerschot in Belgium where he scored five goals in 23 games – an impressive return for a 20-year-old looking to build his name within European football.

Not much else is known about this young star, who is very much in the early days of his professional footballing career. He has excited wherever he has gone and has coaches purring with his potential exuding whenever he takes to the field.

Turkish side Galatasaray have been heavily linked with a move for the midfielder in recent weeks, with the Malian yet to earn a work permit for the UK. With the player valued at around £12million, Liverpool could make a move for him with an eye on the future of the side.

Antonee Robinson

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A former Everton player, Robinson impressed upon signing for then Championship side Wigan in 2019. His performances attracted interest from further ashore as Serie A giants AC Milan came calling in January 2020, but failed a medical which saw the move collapse.

He instead signed for promoted Fulham for £2million and his individual displays have not gone unnoticed, impressing many despite the club’s relegation from the Premier League. His display in particular against the Reds’ at Anfield, did catch plenty of admiring eyes.

Having played 32 times for the Cottagers, he is valued at £6m and could be a decent young player to bring in, whilst also providing great back-up to Andy Robertson should the Scottish international need a rest. The latter is a must after he featured regularly during the 2020/21 campaign.

Still just 23, the USA international could develop into a great player and, for a cheap fee, he could be worth a lot more in a few years’ time.

Aaron Ramsdale

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Despite Sheffield United finishing bottom of the table, Ramsdale, personally, had a superb season, performing miracles at times between the sticks for the Blades.

Liverpool’s No.2 goalkeeping spot is not set, with Caoimhín Kelleher and Adrián battling throughout last season to deputise whenever Alisson was out. With the Spanish shot-stopper not the most reliable when he has featured and the injury record that the Irishman has, Klopp may look to fix this problematic area during the summer.

With this in mind, a move for Ramsdale isn’t completely out of the question, whilst this would allow Kelleher to go out on loan to develop, with Adrián providing further experienced cover should it come to it.

Alisson has missed five games this season in the Premier League, and having an adequate and experienced goalkeeper to deputise is always important if you are looking to challenge on several fronts during the season. With his record during the 2020-2021 season, the former Bournemouth ‘keeper is more than qualified to fill this void.

Matheus Pereira

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Another star who thoroughly impressed during his time in the Premier League.

The Brazilian has had a great season for the Baggies, netting 11 goals and manufacturing six assists across 33 games – an impressive return for a side who really struggled to score during the campaign.

Pereira has proven he has top flight quality and deserves to remain within the division. With the rumours of Xherdan Shaqiri’s exit getting ever louder, the Pereira could be the ideal replacement.

An attacking midfielder who can also play out wide, is a player who Jürgen Klopp likes to invest time in and use within his Liverpool side – just look at Fabinho, James Milner and Roberto Firmino. His variation in play could prove priceless to a Liverpool team looking for more inventiveness.

Liverpool’s midfielders don’t have the best record with injuries and a player of Pereira’s quality and fitness record would fit in nicely on Merseyside, improving the squad depth and giving Klopp a further positive option to call upon in the final third.

Sander Berge

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After impressing for Genk, Berge could have signed for most sides in Europe. In the race for his signature, Sheffield United made him their most expensive signing ever at the time to bring his services to Bramall Lane.

Since his introduction into the side, he has been a powerhouse in midfield. Before the enforced break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Berge was spearheading his side towards a well-deserved European spot. Unfortunately, upon the conclusion of the season, Sheffield United – and Sander Berge – were unable to re-establish their form and subsequently fell out of contention and missed out on European football all together.

Berge missed the majority of the 2020/21 with a hamstring tendon injury that required surgery, but upon returning to the starting line-up he impressed with his dominant displays. However, the damage had already been done whilst he was out with injury as the Blades were relegated.

At 6’4″, Berge is an absolute machine in midfield and fits the mould of a perfect Klopp player – with Wijnaldum leaving there is a hole to fill and the Norwegian is an ideal candidate to take his place in the side.

If his injuries are behind him, Edwards and Klopp should consider making a move for Berge who – after the clubs relegation – could be available for a significantly reduced fee.

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