As Liverpool supporters will be all too aware, the Merseyside club seemed to be extremely close to signing the France international last week, with a fee rumoured to be in the region of £53 million on the table for the Lyon captain.
However, the French club soon pulled the plug on negotiations, and released a statement insisting their player would be staying put for at least one more season.
We’re fully aware that could well change, and we know the complexities involved in modern transfer deals, but if it doesn’t here’s who Klopp should be focusing on next:
The jet-heeled American international is still only 19 but has already established himself as one of the most promising and accomplished young players in Germany’s Bundesliga.
Before his 20th birthday, Pulisic has already played 60 club games, scored nine goals and represented his country 20 times, scoring seven goals – bettering both Ronaldo and Messi at the same age. He’s the youngest U.S. player to appear in and start a FIFA World Cup qualifying match; the youngest player to score and grab a brace for the USMNT; the youngest American to register a goal and assist in the UEFA Champions League; and the youngest American to lift a major European trophy. Records and Pulisic seem to go hand in hand.
Familiar to Klopp because his current club is Borussia Dortmund, and readily available for negotiations given the USA failed to qualify for the World Cup, it might make a lot of sense for Liverpool to go after Pulisic sooner rather than later.
One of German football’s most sought-after young stars for several years, it seemed the riches of PSG had lured Draxler to Ligue 1 for a career of domestic trophies and attempts at finally bringing home the Champions League, when the Parisians agreed to pay Wolfsburg £40 million in January 2017.
But, given Draxler prefers to play his football as a wide-left attacker, the arrival of a certain Mr. Neymar last summer has limited his appearances in the PSG first-team.
Moreover, PSG known they need to curb their spending and offload some of their talented squad to stay within the FFP boundaries – and a player of Draxler’s undoubted qualities could be an absolute steal.
But Liverpool need to be quick – another impressive World Cup could easily alert more of Europe’s footballing superpowers.
Gotze has just endured the most frustrating season of his career, which resulted in him missing out on the Germany squad for this summer’s World Cup.
Who better to get him whipped back into shape than his mentor Jurgen Klopp, eh?
The little German magician is still not the most popular amongst fans at Dortmund after his failed move, and subsequent return, from rivals Bayern Munich several years ago, and at the age of 26, there’s still plenty of football left in him.
A genuine world class talent at his best, if Klopp can afford him, he should definitely be approaching his former paymasters at Dortmund – and we know Gotze would definitely be interested in the move.
The 26-year-old Swede has cemented his reputation as one of the Bundesliga’s most creative attacking midfielders in recent seasons, with his ability to unlock defences one of the catalysts behind RB Leipzig achieving Champions League football for two consecutive seasons.
Forsberg’s excellent technical ability and athleticism have been key for the East German side, and he’s no stranger to Liverpool’s high-octane style of play.
Already reportedly a target for Arsenal, Liverpool should move quick.
The classy metronome at the heart of Bayern Munich’s midfield in recent seasons might be on the move this summer, with the Bavarian giants keen to reshape their stagnant squad.
He’s synonymous with silky passing and his ability to keep possession inside a telephone box, Thiago also has the strength and streetwise attributes to make it in English football.
Thiago’s steel was forged in the same fire as midfield giants Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez, at Barcelona’s world famous La Masia training academy, and if Liverpool were to go for him, they’d be sorting their central midfield out for years to come.
What do you think of our list? Did we miss anyone out?