'Concrete interest': £35m player now reacts to claims that Liverpool tried to sign him this summer
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'Concrete interest': £35m player now reacts to claims that Liverpool tried to sign him this summer

Reported Liverpool transfer target Sander Berge has claimed that there was ‘concrete interest’ in him from big clubs this summer.

Speaking to Norwegian outlet TV2, Berge was asked whether he was close to leaving Sheffield United during the transfer window.

“There was a lot of interest, concrete interest, you weighed things up a little bit, it had to work out for both the club and me, and it didn’t happen. It’s always nice to sit in one position and know that there were clubs that were very interested,” said the 24-year-old.

Asked specifically about rumours that Liverpool tried to sign him, Berge suggested that that wasn’t actually the case.

“It’s not a bad thing that clubs of that size are mentioned, but you shouldn’t put so much into it. It can be flared up by very little, and that’s not necessarily always right, even if there were big and interesting clubs that were in the picture. Not everything on the internet is true,” he said.

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Berge showing his quality in the Championship

Berge emerged as an option for Liverpool late on in the window. As their need for a midfield addition grew more urgent, there were reports that the Reds were ready to take a punt on the Norwegian.

This wouldn’t have been totally out of the blue. Jurgen Klopp reportedly told the player he’s ‘very interesting’ during his days at Genk. Liverpool have been credited with interest in the past, too.

Berge’s release clause reportedly stands at £35m (Sky Sports). He wouldn’t have been a crazily expensive option.

In the end, Liverpool went even cheaper. Signing Arthur on-loan for a season carries much less risk than committing to a big-ish fee for a player who hasn’t always been fit during his time in Sheffield.

Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean Liverpool weren’t, or won’t be, interested. The Reds could be in a position where they’re looking for a number of midfielders next summer.

At twenty-four he’s still young enough to be a good option for the future. In a years’ time he will have entered the final 12 months of his contract too and could maybe even cost less than his release clause.

Since staying at Sheffield United Berge has been in excellent form. Crucially, he’s managed to stay fit to fire United to the top of the Championship table. Three goals and three assists is a good record as Paul Heckingbottom’s team look to bounce back to the Premier League.

Keep that kind of form up and Berge will likely be there with or without his club.

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