5. Mohamed Salah
The Egyptian winger could well be on his way to Anfield. Liverpool has monitored Salah closely, and latest rumours suggested that the player was recently in England. The nature of his visit is unknown, but many are expecting an Anfield reception.
Salah is blessed with sheer pace and excellent technique. Despite his lean built, he is hard to bully by any defender. Salah has initiated many counter attacks for AS Roma, and his partnership with Edin Dzeko this season was lethal. Salah had spent two seasons in England when Chelsea bought him from Basel. Amidst all the expectation he couldn’t live up to the hype, and finally shone at AS Roma.
The 24-year old will look to strike up a partnership with Coutinho, Firmino, and Lallana while Sadio Mane sidelined. Jurgen Klopp will be delighted to inject fresh legs the next season.
4. Naby Keita
The Reds are desperate to sign the Guinea international Naby Keita from RB Leipzig. Klopp is looking to rejuvenate the central midfield, and Keita can be a brilliant buy.
The 22-year old was fantastic this term for Leipzig racking up 8 goals and creating the most chances by a Leipzig player. A box-to-box midfielder, Keita can surge upfield with utmost ease, and break the opposition’s play with his strong challenges. He is a player who can remind many of Deco in his younger days; short and delightful, Keita is also blessed with goal scoring ability.
The departure of Gerrard hasn’t been fulfilled, and Keita might be the answer to it. Klopp is an admirer of him and will look to build the midfield around him. He would also challenge Emre Can and Gini Wijnaldum for a starting spot.
3. Virgil Van Dijk
The Reds are about to sign their umpteenth Southampton starlet, and this time it can be Van Dijk. A £50 million move can be expected, making Van Dijk one of the costliest defenders ever.
Virgil Van Dijk has been in sensational form for Southampton for the past two seasons. The partnership of Yoshida and Van Dijk has shown glimpses of Ferdinand and Vidic. Van Dijk is a tall central defender blessed with ball playing ability and a tactically innate mind. His positional sense is next to none, and his ability to score from set-pieces is an added bonus.
Van Dijk can slot in beside Matip to provide the defensive solidarity that Klopp’s Liverpool lack. A Champions League playing opportunity and the previous history between Liverpool and Southampton can be enough to lure Van Dijk in.
2. Michael Keane
The Manchester United youth product Michael Keane is on Liverpool’s radar for quite some time now. His former club is ready to swoop him in, but the Reds could also make their move.
He has been brilliant for Burnley this season, and his leadership qualities coupled with tactical finesse have made him a new sensation in England. Keane was loaned out to many clubs before settling in for Burnley. The 24-year old has got all the capabilities of becoming a complete central defender and is often compared to the legendary Bobby Moore for his calm and composed demeanour.
The Reds have the slimmest of chances to bag Keane, but Mourinho’s overzealousness to acquire foreign talents could well be a positive for them. Liverpool will look to sign Keane if the Van Dijk move does not pan out.
1. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Another English starlet, Oxlade-Chamberlain could well leave Arsenal for Liverpool this term. The Englishman is a regular in Wenger’s team, but rumours have surfaced about his interest in playing for Liverpool.
Traditionally a winger, Alex due to his robust physique and tenacious playing style has been deployed as a wing-back in Arsenal’s recent fixtures. Despite his stocky built, he has a brilliant first touch and blistering pace making him a typical English winger. The 23-year old has a bright future ahead of him, and Liverpool’s exciting playing style and a chance to play in a more offensive role could well seal the deal.
Klopp has always praised players who work hard, and “Ox” fulfils that criteria. The Red Boss can use Alex on either wings and will provide a healthy competition to Sadio Mane. Arsenal is determined to keep Chamberlain, but a lump sum of money might be enough.