A German, an Englishman and a Pole walk into a bar; what do they have in common?
According to James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo, there are five players that Jürgen Klopp wants to sign.
It has been well documented that Liverpool have tried, and failed, to sign Mario Götze from Bayern Munich. The bit which has received so much media attention has been the German midfielder’s apparent rejection of Liverpool despite his club publicly voicing its desire for his departure.
It hurts. Pearce reckons that there was a fair bit of optimism that the deal could happen and that Klopp was pretty sure it would happen. Considering the way the deal has soured it is unlikely that Götze will be wearing a Liverbird on his chest for the 2016/17 season.
Another player the Echo’s esteemed journalist cited as being a target of Klopp’s is Ben Chilwell. The Leicester City fullback has been the subject of a Liverpool bid worth £7 million.
Klopp is trying to provide competition for Alberto Moreno after the Spaniard had a deplorable season.
“[Chilwell] is a player Klopp wanted to bring in to compete with Alberto Moreno,” Pearce said.
“However, it’s a deal that Liverpool haven’t been able to get done yet with a bid of £7m – £5m up front and £2m add-ons – rejected by the Premier League champions who want £10m for him.”
If you haven’t heard that Liverpool have been linked with Piotr Zielinski then you’ve definitely been living under a rock. The Polish international, currently in France at the Euros, is clearly keen on a move to Liverpool after being pictured wearing a Liverpool top.
The midfielder, on loan last season at Empoli, is being tracked by Napoli but it is likely that the lure to play under Klopp in the Premier League will be too much to resist.
“He’s a player Liverpool have been tracking for quite some time – they made a move to try and sign him back in January – however, that didn’t come off,” Pearce said.
“I think Liverpool tabled a bid recently of £9.5 million but it’s complicated slightly with the fact that Zielinski is with Poland.”
If a deal is to be completed for Zielinksi it will be after Euro 2016.
Pearce also mentioned Sadio Mané as one of the club’s top priorities. The Senegal international is viewed as being an alternative to signing Mario Götze.
“Liverpool are very serious about signing Mane,” Pearce said.
“Liverpool came close to signing him two years ago but Brendan Rodgers decided he didn’t want that deal to go through at the time but he’s clearly rated highly by members of the transfer committee.
“There’s a real keenness within the club to push on with that one.”
It is also difficult, according to Pearce, to complete this deal with Ronald Koeman having moved to Everton and Southampton without a manager. A deal for Mané could only go through once a new manager is appointed.
The final player that Klopp is said to be keen on bringing to Anfield is Mahmoud Dahoud. The German international was part of a creative midfield at Borussia Monchengladbach which caught the eye of many suitors. I say ‘was part of’ as Granit Xhaka has moved to Arsenal.
“Liverpool scouted him heavily last season,” Pearce said.
“The word from Monchengladbach is that they’re very reluctant to sell him this summer.”
Likely due to the fact that Xhaka has already departed for England and the Bundesliga outfit are unlikely to be keen to split their midfield further.
“To try and prise him away from their this summer, you’re looking at upwards of £20m-£25 million which I think Liverpool are reluctant to go that high. So it may be one they revisit in the future.”
These are the five players that Liverpool are keen on signing, according to James Pearce. If there is one journalist that I trust to report honestly it is the Echo’s man. If any deal is to be completed before now and the beginning of next season, then it is likely to be one of the the players on this list.