With “Top Four” being the topic of conversation for every Liverpool fan this week, I decided to look at an alternative “Top Four” in the form of our summer transfer targets.
Virgil Van Dijk – Southampton
The first of which is the much discussed Virgil Van Dijk, who we discussed in a previous article. The recent rumours around the fee have got some fans upset, as the Southampton chairman refuses to budge on any sum below £60m. While his class is undisputed, a fee of this magnitude certainly is and a negotiation would be expected. Despite this, Van Dijk remains Liverpool’s number 1 target due to the consistency of Lovren and Matip’s injuries this season, the anticipation of Sakho’s exit and the player’s talent also.
Naby Keita – RB Leipzig
Another name that has remained high on Liverpool’s shortlist, Naby Keita has been pivotal in RB Leipzig’s miraculous season where they have secured Champions League football. Keita has proved to be one of the players of the season, industrious in his work off the ball, a visionary and lethal in front of goal, arguably he has the attributes of the perfect midfielder. Scoring 8 and assisting the same in 30 games this season, for a central midfielder this is very impressive and the addition of Keita to our midfield would provide further depth to the squad. We discussed Keita previously on Anfield Edition and what he could add, to read my thoughts click here.
Timo Werner – RB Leipzig
Keita’s teammate is also being monitored by LFC, as a potential striking back up to Firmino. The converted winger has really shone in the Bundesliga this season, after an unsuccessful spell at Stuttgart. His summer move has revived the Germany U21 international’s career, bursting onto the Bundesliga scene once more, with 21 goals and 7 assists this season. Klopp may have focused his targets on RB Leipzig due to the similar counter-attacking style that has been employed this season. This would make the switch comfortable for the duo who could slot nicely into the squad. To secure his services a fee around the £30m mark would be expected due to his age and the impressive season he has had.
Ryan Sessegnon – Fulham
With Alberto Moreno set to depart Anfield this season, the need for a left-back understudy is needed. Step up Ryan Sessegnon, the 17 year old who has lit up the Championship this season. Making 24 Championship appearances this season, Sessegnon has impressed mostly going forward, scoring on 5 occasions and assisting twice. With Fulham losing to Reading in the play-off semi final, Sessegnon might be looking to make the next step in his career with a move this summer. This could help lower a potential price for the player, as he looks to make the step up to the Premier League. Here is an article where we covered the teenage starlet.