Liverpool transfers: Three alternate options the Reds should look to sign this summer

While many big names have been linked with a move to Anfield this summer, SAM JONES thinks he’s found some lesser-celebrated players who could make a difference on Merseyside.

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Since the summer transfer window opened, Liverpool have been linked with plenty of big-name players.

From Saúl Ñiguez to Jarrod Bowen, it seemed at one point as if any player who was either a winger or a midfielder was being linked with a move to the Reds.

But for every big name player being mooted, there has been a report saying the club can’t afford to bring them in due to the fee or wage expectations.

So, is there a player that would offer value and quality to the club when it appears they need it most?


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The answer is most likely yes, and here are some of the best.

Samuel Chukwueze

Up first is the Villarreal attacker. The 22-year-old is an explosive winger who fits the profile of a regular Liverpool target perfectly.

This Nigerian has been with the Europa League winners since 2017 when they paid just £450,000 for the youngster. Since then he has played 91 times in La Liga for the Yellow Submarine, scoring 12 and getting 11 assists.

These numbers hardly set the world alight, but Jürgen Klopp isn’t used to working with the finished article, often having to identify a diamond in the rough.

Chukwueze is exactly that, completing 2.2 shots per 90 and getting 0.25 non-penalty expected goals per 90.

This is something Klopp could polish, with the Nigerian potentially learning under the wing of Mohamed Salah while at the club.

The big drawback is that, being a Nigerian international, he would be missing during the African Cup of Nations at a time the Reds are already without the aforementioned Salah as well as Sadio Mané.

However, valued at just £18m on transfermarkt, Chukwueze could be worth a punt if the Reds want to find value and Villarreal are willing to sell.

Yacine Adli

The young Bordeaux man seems to be the perfect balance between creativity and pressing, making him a good fit for Klopp’s system.

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The 21-year-old ranked in the in the 93rd percentile for expected assists, very impressive for someone who is still very young. He also completes 3.37 shot-creating actions per game, better than most of the Liverpool midfield managed last term.

Making these things more impressive is the fact that Adli also attempts 26 pressures per 90, something that Klopp loves from his squad.

Adli is somewhat of an unproven entity, making just 64 top flight appearances in his career.

However, with a value of just £8.5m according to transfermarkt, Adli could be worth a punt.

Should the move not work out the Reds would be able to recover at least what they paid, if not more, making it a wise business move and something Michael Edwards would adore.

Saša Kalajdžić

From Christian Benteke to Andy Carroll, Liverpool have had an interesting time with target men strikers in the last decade. But one man who could change that is Stuttgart’s 6ft 6in striker Kalajdžić.

The big forward banged in 16 goals in the Bundesliga last season, helping Stuttgart to a ninth-placed finish in their first season back in the top flight after promotion in the previous campaign.

The Austrian isn’t Liverpools typical style of striker, but he is someone who could be well utilised in a Klopp system.

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The way the Reds play means a lot of high-quality crosses delivered into the box, something that Kalajdžić could help to make the most of. Using his height and excellent positioning the Austrian, who grabbed a goal at Euro 2020 this summer, could be someone who thrives for the Reds.

Valued at £19.8m on transfermarkt, Kalajdžić could represent great value for Liverpool.

However, he has been ruled out of action for the remainder of 2021 due to a should injury, so a transfer would not be without risk. The attacker will be out of first team action for months, making the chances of a deal before he returns difficult.


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