Liverpool looked set to have a somewhat quiet transfer window in terms of new signings, yet following the news of Sadio Mane’s desire to leave the club, the Reds now have to spring into action over who will replace their star attacker.
The 30-year-old attacker has been one of Liverpool’s most consistent performers ever since he arrived in 2016, and this summer will be huge for the Merseyside giants, who must now sign someone to replace Mane in the coming weeks in what will be one of the club’s most important decisions.
As well as a new attacker, other positions in the squad could do with some reinforcements, and in this feature, we look at one player Liverpool could sign from each Premier League club this summer, with the Reds now set for a busy window in the transfer market.
AFC Bournemouth – Dominic Solanke
Sold by Liverpool for £20m after signing for a free and hardly featuring under Jurgen Klopp, Dominic Solanke’s time with the Reds was short and sweet, and this season has seen the England international explode into life with AFC Bournemouth, with the striker a potential option to replace Divock Origi at Anfield.
Arsenal – Bukayo Saka
One of the best players in the Premier League last season and a regular for England, Bukayo Saka was linked to Liverpool before signing his newest contract with Arsenal, and with the winger’s future now again up in the air, the 20-year-old could be a world-class signing for the Reds if they can somehow pull it off.
Aston Villa – John McGinn
Central midfield is another position that could do with a fresh face this summer, and Aston Villa’s midfield general John McGinn could be outstanding for the role, with the Scotland international one of the best in his position in the Premier League.
Brentford – Ivan Toney
Another striker who could be perfect to replace Origi this summer is Ivan Toney, who enjoyed a successful debut season in the Premier League with Brentford. Given the attacker’s qualities, Klopp could develop the forward into a fine player, and one who could flourish with the six-time European champions.
Brighton & Hove Albion – Yves Bissouma
Yves Bissouma looks more set than ever to leave Brighton & Hove Albion this summer, and according to reports, Liverpool are one of the sides interested in the midfielder, with the 25-year-old more than ready for the next step in his footballing career.
Chelsea – Christian Pulisic
With Mane set to leave Liverpool, Christian Pulisic has recently been linked as a potential option to replace the Senegal international, and given the attacker’s lack of minutes at Chelsea, the American superstar could be perfect as a summer signing this year.
Crystal Palace – Michael Olise
Another winger Liverpool have been linked with in recent years is Michael Olise, and just like with Toney, the France U-21 international enjoyed a fantastic debut year in the Premier League with Crystal Palace, reportedly drawing more interest from some big clubs in the division.
Everton – Anthony Gordon
Picking an Everton player is quite the challenge given how poor Liverpool’s rivals were last season, yet Anthony Gordon was one of the sole bright spots for the Toffees, with the winger tipped for big things after becoming a regular under both Rafa Benitez and Frank Lampard.
Fulham – Tosin Adarabioyo
Fulham return to the Premier League after an incredible year in the Championship, and whilst Liverpool have already confirmed the signing of Fabio Carvalho, Tosin Adarabioyo could be another smart addition for the Reds given the defender’s outstanding physicality as well as his ability on the ball.
Leeds United – Kalvin Phillips
England’s breakout star in Euro 2020 and a player who is set for a massive summer move this window, Kalvin Phillips could be an excellent addition for Liverpool given the Leeds United player’s ability to play numerous midfield roles which will only grow stronger under the coaching at Anfield.
Leicester City – Patson Daka
Mane and Origi will be two players Liverpool will struggle to replace, yet Leicester City’s Patson Daka could be a smart option given the attacker’s role as a striker who can also play out-wide, a must-have trait for any forward Klopp wants to sign this summer.
Manchester City – Raheem Sterling
Another former Liverpool player who could be an ideal signing this summer, Raheem Sterling has developed into a world-class attacker since leaving for Manchester City, and with reports that the England star could leave, a return to Anfield isn’t too unrealistic for the 27-year-old winger.
Manchester United – Anthony Elanga
As with Everton, identifying a Manchester United player for this list is a challenge, and just like with the Toffees, we have selected a breakout academy player, with Anthony Elanga one of the few bright spots in what was the Red Devils’ worst season to date in the Premier League.
Newcastle United – Allan Saint-Maximin
Replacing Mane will be Liverpool’s most important task this summer, and Allan Saint-Maximin could take the next level at Anfield after impressing at Newcastle United for the past few seasons, with the Frenchman more than capable of taking his game up a few gears if he was to move to a bigger club.
Nottingham Forest – Brennan Johnson
Brennan Johnson was arguably the breakout player of the Championship last season, and it’s no surprise that so many Premier League clubs want to sign the Wales international, with Liverpool another side who should be looking to sign the young attacker.
Southampton – Kyle Walker-Peters
A fullback is reportedly on the transfer agenda for Liverpool this summer, and in Kyle Walker-Peters, the England international has proven to be an accomplished defender in both left-back and right-back, a versatile skillset that the Reds would find useful in the coming season.
Tottenham – Heung-min Son
If there was a player in the Premier League who would be perfect to replace Mane, it would be Tottenham star Heung-min Son, who at £22m is one of the best bargains the league has seen in recent years, though the Reds will have to pay close to £100m if they were to prize the South Korean away from north London.
West Ham – Jarrod Bowen
Another winger who has been widely reported as a target for Liverpool is Jarrod Bowen, who off the back of a phenomenal season with West Ham and winning his first cap for England could one day leave the London Stadium for the Reds in a blockbuster deal.
Wolves – Ruben Neves
Wolves’ limited squad leaves little room for imagination, though, in the case of Ruben Neves, the Portugal international has the potential to repeat the success at Liverpool Diogo Jota has shown since moving to Merseyside from the Molineux.