Liverpool are one of several clubs with a reputation for smart business, with deals for Andy Robertson, Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum the boss among the reasons why. They are known to have resisted transfer fees they deemed too high, and a certain German forward is now plying his trade at Chelsea despite apparently being ready to sign for the Merseyside team.
As such, if players who could improve the team were available to agree to prior contracts in January, Jurgen Klopp’s team would almost certainly seize the opportunity.
101 take a look at three players who could be a good fit.
1. Franck Kessie
First is a man who has already been linked to a move to Merseyside next summer, in the form of AC Milan’s Franck Kessie. The Ivorian midfielder is valued at £ 49.5 million by Transfermarkt, but that doesn’t do his skills justice.
A willing running back, Kessie excels at getting the ball back and turning defense into offense, though her work could be improved later. Of his 14 goals last season, 12 were from the penalty spot, showing that perhaps he could work on his goals from open play.
At just 24 years old, Kessie is believed to have turned down a new deal in Milan, but Liverpool are more than capable of stepping in and offering the € 8m salary he’s seeking. In turn, Kessie could become a key addition to the Reds’ midfield.
Liverpool remain interested in signing AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, who is out of contract with the Serie A team in the summer.
The Reds are willing to offer the 8 million euro contract that the Ivorian wants. [Gazzetta dello Sport] pic.twitter.com/qTXiKLBupT
– Anfield Edition (@AnfieldEdition) October 12, 2021
While Liverpool is unlikely to be the most financially attractive option in January, if they could hire Kessie, it would be a very canny move.
2. Ousmane Dembele
Something like a wild card is the Barcelona player Ousmane Dembélé. The injury has decimated the Frenchman’s career in Spain, and this summer he will not have a contract. At just 24 years old, he would make a fun addition to Liverpool’s front row.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is said to be ‘in love’ with Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembélé, who remains linked to an Anfield signing.
– Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) October 11, 2021
There are two main reasons this signing could prove to be a masterstroke. On the one hand, it solves the main problem in Liverpool’s front row, which is the decrease in quality between the first eleven and the rest. Of course, Mohamed Salah is largely in a class of his own, but finding a more capable cover than Divock Origi for the Egyptian shouldn’t be too difficult, with Dembélé able to cover both flanks.
Secondly, it would be easier to control his physical condition, since Dembélé would not have to play every game. He could rotate with Jota, Salah and Mane in the wide bunks, where he could see the best of him get out without the injuries that seem to haunt him in Barcelona.
A free 24-year-old is usually a no-brainer, but in Dembélé’s case, it should be one the club looks to do as soon as the transfer window opens.
3. Boubacar Kamara
Last on this list is Boubacar Kamara. Looking for a player who can rotate with Fabinho at the base of midfield, Liverpool may find their man in the 21-year-old Marseille. The young man turned down the opportunity to sign a new contract in early summer, paving the way for a free departure in 2022.
🔄 (MIDFIELDS): Midfielders who are out of contract in 2022:
• Corentin Tolisso.
• Marcelo Brozović.
• Paul Pogba.
• Ivan Perisić.
• Fabio Viera.
• Jesse Lingard.
• Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
– Barça Buzz (@Barca_Buzz) October 13, 2021
Of course, Kamara would not be at the same level as Fabinho, at least immediately, but at 21 he would have plenty of time to perfect his craft in the shadow of the Brazilian. It would also help the Merseyside squad regenerate their squad, with an aging midfield only a problem area.
Fixing that area without paying a transfer fee could prove to be a masterstroke.
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|1||Chelsea Football Club||7||12||sixteen|
|6||Brighton and Hove Albion||7||3||14|
|9||West Ham United||7||4||eleven|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||6|
|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester City||6|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||5|
|Fernandes, Bruno||United manchester||4|
|Mane, Sadio||Liverpool FC||4|
|Maupay, Neal||Brighton and Hove Albion||4|
|Sarr, Ismael||Watford FC||4|
|Townsend, Andros||Everton FC||3|
|Benrahma said||West Ham United||3|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur||3|
|Gray, Demarai||Everton FC||3|
|Ronaldo, Cristiano||United manchester||3|
|Lukaku, Romelu||Chelsea Football Club||3|
|Calvert-Lewin, Dominic||Everton FC||3|
|Jota, Diogo||Liverpool FC||3|
|Hwang, Hee-chan||Wolverhampton Wanderers||3|
|Greenwood, Mason||United manchester||3|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||2|
|Jesus, Gabriel||Manchester city||2|
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|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||0||4|
|Jump, oliver||Tottenham Hotspur||0||4|
|Pogba, Paul||United manchester||0||3|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||0||3|
|Rice, Declan||West Ham United||0||3|
|Cooper, Liam||Leeds United||0||3|
|Norgaard, Christian||Brentford fc||0||3|
|Tarkowski, James||FC Burnley||0||3|
|Veltman, Joel||Brighton and Hove Albion||0||3|
|Brownhill, Josh||FC Burnley||0||3|
|Etebo, Oghenekaro||Watford FC||0||3|
|Djenepo, Moussa||Southampton FC||0||3|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||0||1|
|Fernandes, Bruno||United manchester||0||2|
|Maupay, Neal||Brighton and Hove Albion||0||2|
|Jimenez, Raul||Wolverhampton Wanderers||0||2|
|Gallagher, Conor||crystal Palace||0||2|
|Alonso, Marcos||Chelsea Football Club||0||2|
|Ward Prowse, James||Southampton FC||1||1|
|Pogba, Paul||United manchester||7|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||4|
|Jesus, Gabriel||Manchester city||4|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||3|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||3|
|Saint-Maximin, Allan||Newcastle united||3|
|Kovacic, Mateo||Chelsea Football Club||3|
|Townsend, Andros||Everton FC||2|
|Benrahma said||West Ham United||2|
|Ings, Danny||Aston Villa||2|
|Toney, Ivan||Brentford fc||2|
|Jimenez, Raul||Wolverhampton Wanderers||2|
|Bamford, Patrick||Leeds United||2|
|James, Reece||Chelsea Football Club||2|
|Azpilicueta, Cesar||Chelsea Football Club||2|
|Gross, Pascal||Brighton and Hove Albion||2|
|King, Joshua||Watford FC||2|
|Pereira, Ricardo||Leicester City||2|
|Alexander-Arnold, Trento||Liverpool FC||2|
|Rice, Declan||West Ham United||2|