Liverpool have been clever in the transfer market since FSG took over. The Reds have bought low and sold high, identifying diamonds in the rough. Michael Edwards has often looked to relegated sides for bargains to be had. Sheffield United are staring relegation in the face; Liverpool could rekindle interest in Sander Berge.
Liverpool and relegated players
The Reds have made many bargain signings from relegated clubs.
Gini Wijnaldum was signed from Newcastle United for £25m in 2016 when the Magpies dropped into the Championship.
Xherdan Shaqiri was snapped up for just £13m in 2018 when Stoke City were relegated.
Perhaps the biggest bargain of them all was the purchase of Andy Robertson from Hull City for £8m at the end of the Tigers’ disappointing 2016/17 campaign.
As clubs drop into the second tier they often need to raise funds to cover the financial downturn, meaning there’s bargains to be had.
Sheffield United facing relegation
This season has been something of a disaster for Sheffield United.
The Blades were the surprise package last term, finishing 9th and even threatening Europe for a period.
The South Yorkshire side didn’t win their first game of the season until January, often coming close and pushing teams hard but always coming up short.
Chris Wilder’s side are now 14 points from safety with 13 games remaining.
Liverpool could return for Sander Berge
Last January, Sheffield United signed Sander Berge for £22m.
The Norwegian midfielder had been on the Reds’ radar with Goal one of a number of outlets to report the side’s interest.
The 23-year-old could well be available on the cheap in the summer when the Blades inevitably drop into the Championship.
Sheffield United made a number of expensive signings in the past couple of windows, they may need to raise funds.
Whether or not the Norwegian midfielder has sufficiently impressed the Reds’ recruitment team is another matter but the opportunity could well be there.