Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge is believed to have a buyout clause in his contract following his side’s relegation this season.
The Blades will be playing in the Championship next season after an abysmal campaign in the top flight.
This relegation has seen their most valuable asset’s release clause kick in. United will certainly have to sell some players in order to balance the books.
What’s more is that Jurgen Klopp is confirmed to be a big admirer of Berge, as reported by the Athletic.
The Liverpool boss once sought him out after the Reds beat his old side Genk in the Champions League.
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Klopp is believed to have told him that he is “a very interesting player” after Liverpool’s 2-0 win in 2019.
This news of a release clause may come of interest to the German manager.
With Gini Wijnaldum set to leave this summer, Liverpool will likely be in the market for a central midfielder.
It is possible that Berge will be a name at the top of the shortlist. It would not be the first time Liverpool have signed a recently-relegated player after all.
Berge an interesting option, but perhaps not the best one
Berge has been solid for Sheffield United since signing last January.
Their record purchase took a while to settle in, but it is clear there is a potentially excellent player in there.
He has been a big loss for his side ever since he was hit by injury in December.
At 23, Berge has lots of improving to do.
What he is already is an energetic, physical presence who is strong with the ball at his feet.
This season in the Premier League, Berge has attempted 2.5 dribbles per 90 with a 64.3% success rate.
He gets into the opposition box a fair bit, which is something that Liverpool lack from current midfielders.
Like Wijnaldum, Berge is good at keeping possession.
Unfortunately, he puts up a worryingly low number of defensive contributions.
However, Liverpool’s No 8s rarely put up high tackle and interception numbers. It is more about being in the right position to encourage the opponent into a mistake than actively diving into tackles.
There is clearly something that Klopp likes about Berge. He has the potential to be a really good Premier League player.
Unless Berge’s release clause is ridiculously low, Liverpool would be better off going for one of them.