Jurgen Klopp is interested in signing Serie A duo Leandro Paredes and Ivan Perisic, according to reports.
According to TuttoMercatoWeb, Roma’s Leandro Paredes and Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic have caught the attention of Jürgen Klopp and the German is interested in signing the pair this summer.
Perisic has been in scintillating form for Milan this season, scoring nine goals and notching five assists. His form has been crucial for his side’s chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League with Lazio two points above Inter in fourth.
A veritable stumbling block in this transfer would be the fact that Perisic and Klopp had a falling out during the time they worked together at Borussia Dortmund. The German manager called Perisic childish after he criticised Klopp for not playing him. He subsequently sold him to Wolfsburg for €8 million.
Liverpool’s other reported target is Leandro Paredes. Also from the Serie A, the Argentinean midfielder is a wonderful technician and possesses superb vision. Liverpool were said to be in for him last summer but, as with most of the club’s reported target’s, it was just a rumour and nothing else.
Paredes has become more influential at Roma this season and has played 22 games, scoring three goals. Including a very well-taken chance against Sassuolo.
— AS Roma Español (@ASRomaEspanol) March 20, 2017
Liverpool are fourth in the Premier League, meaning if they can hold out until the end of the season they will secure Champions League qualification. That being said, Arsenal and Manchester United both have two games in hand over Liverpool which will mean they could leapfrog the Reds if they are successful in those games.
It must be said that Liverpool’s fixtures between now and the end of the season is kinder than any of their top four rivals but we all know how poor Liverpool are against teams lower in the league.
Being able to offer Champions League football next season will determine the level of player Klopp can target this summer so it’s of the utmost importance that the Reds finish in the top four this season.