Perhaps Sander Berge can become a Liverpool target once again. The Norwegian will almost certainly be available before the year is out.
Liverpool reportedly wanted Sander Berge late last year. Goal believed that, anyway, as they claimed the Reds would battle Napoli and Chelsea for the Norwegian.
Berge was a shining light at Genk, after all – one of Liverpool’s Champions League opponents. Some of Europe’s biggest clubs lined up to add him to their midfield.
Fair enough, really. Berge guaranteed himself first-team football at a Premier League level. Not just first-team, in fact, but he immediately asserted himself as a star.
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It was a wonderful choice as a stepping-stone, even if the Blades may not like that view. But Berge, surely, had his eyes on a higher level.
And he’ll probably hit that level before 2021 is out. Because there seems to be no way that Berge remains at Sheffield United beyond this season.
When Sheffield United shocked everyone and signed Berge, they likely had their eyes on club records. He was a club record signing, after all, and they were competing for European places.
Fast-forward one year and they indeed are chasing a record. Only, it’s one at the opposite end of the scale.
The Blades have two points from 17 games and are on course for the worst English season ever. And that’s an even worse stat than it initially sounds as the worst-ever seasons came in the two-points-for-a-win era.
The point is, then, that Berge surely won’t fancy dropping down to the Championship. But Sheffield United are heading that way at an almighty pace.
That should alert Liverpool again, though. Berge is still an exceptional talent – that hasn’t change in 12 months – and should be available for a reasonable price.
And given that Fabinho could remain as at least a part-time centre-half, that holding midfield role is more open than it was a year ago.
Berge would have space in the squad, then, and at 22 would be a marvellous investment for the future. January is likely too soon but we hope to see the Reds rekindle their interest come the summer.