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Opinion: Three relegated stars that Liverpool should target this summer

Liverpool have made a habit of signing recently relegated players since Jurgen Klopp joined the club.

Gini Wijnaldum, Andy Robertson and Xherdan Shaqiri were all brought in the summer after dropping out of the Premier League with their respective teams.

With the global pandemic having a huge impact on finances around the football world, it could be a market that Liverpool have a look at once again this summer.

Fulham’s loss to Burnley last night saw them join Sheffield United and West Brom in going down to the Championship.

There are some decent players in each squad that Liverpool may target.

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Here, RTK will pick the most sensible target from each side.

However, loan players are not counted, so there will be no place for the likes of Joachim Andersen or Ademola Lookman.

Fulham – Andre Anguissa

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We start off with probably the best of all the players relegated this season.

Andre Anguissa is criminally underrated. His form tailed off slightly towards the end of the campaign, but he showed in the opening months just how good he can be.

His stats still look excellent. He has 3.8 tackles and interceptions per game, along with 2.7 dribbles.

The Cameroonian is probably more of a No 6, but he would perfectly suit the No 8 roles in Jurgen Klopp’s system.

He could then provide cover for Fabinho at 6 when the Brazilian is injured or needs a break. This would prevent having to move Jordan Henderson from his best position.

Anguissa may be the perfect man to come in to provide that defensive trustworthiness that Jurgen Klopp loves from his midfielders.

West Brom – Matheus Pereira

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Unlike Fulham, it is rather slim pickings at West Brom. There is not a whole pile of talent to choose from.

With Shaqiri set to leave Liverpool this summer, Liverpool may need to bring in a new attacker to fill his spot on the bench.

Matheus Pereira is the Baggies’ best player. He has 10 goals and five assists in the league this season, which is excellent considering how poor the team he plays in is.

The 25-year-old would not be pushing Diogo Jota or Mo Salah from the starting XI. He is not quite good enough to be the only attacking signing this summer either.

But the Brazilian would be perfect to come in and act as the fifth-choice attacker.

West Brom paid just over £7m for him last summer (per Transfermarkt). So he would not be a very costly acquisition.

There would be an element of poetry to things if Liverpool moved for a relegated player to be the direct replacement for Shaqiri after all.

Sheffield United – Jayden Bogle

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Again, there is not much to choose from at Bramall Lane.

Many would probably expect to see Sander Berge’s name here. But signing Bogle this summer would actually make more sense for Liverpool.

Trent Alexander-Arnold has had to play practically every game this season.

His deputy, Neco Williams, is a fine player but probably needs a loan away before he is ready to play regular football for the Reds.

Signing Jayden Bogle on the cheap would represent fine business.

Brought in from Derby last summer, Bogle never got a fair chance with United in 2020/21. He only started 11 games, but was very impressive when he played.

His 4.6 tackles and interceptions per 90 is superb, while he also contributes going forward.

At 20-years-old, he could well be good enough to allow Alexander-Arnold to move into midfield in future.

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