Jurgen Klopp has had six months in charge of the Anfield club but has yet to field a player for the club that he has personally signed. The German coach has been working with the players his predecessors have taken on but has still managed to reach the Europa League semi-finals and knock out his former club Dortmund in the process.
So despite the Europa League semi-final looming, Klopp will surely have one eye on the summer transfer window and here are five players that could be on their way to Anfield in the coming months.
Marco Reus – Dortmund
The 26 year-old attacking midfielder has been on the lips of Liverpool fans for quite a while now. So much so, the Anfield owner, John W Henry, was bombarded with tweets “Sign Reus!” during the January window.
Reus is a class act and has already scored at Anfield – albeit in the yellow of Borussia Dortmund. The tricky winger has scored double figures in league goals in five of his last six seasons and excelled under Klopp during their time together in Germany.
Reus is set to star at the Euros and feels very much like a player that would seamlessly fit in at Anfield and it appears just a question of how much Liverpool will pay for the German international.
Mario Gotze – Bayern Munich
Mario Gotze is another player on Liverpool’s radar after Klopp worked with the 23 year-old World Cup winner during his time at Dortmund.
Gotze has fallen out of favour in Munich and has made just 11 league appearances in Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering side this season – scoring on just one occasion. Nevertheless, this hasn’t hampered his chances on the International scene as he proved by starting and scoring in the recent 4-1 friendly win over Italy.
Gotze, much like Reus, is capable of playing anywhere in the final third of the pitch and would easily command a place in the Liverpool starting XI.
Liverpool would no doubt face competition for Gotze’s signature but the persuasive powers of Klopp would surely put the Anfield club at the head of the queue.
Granit Xhaka – Borussia Monchengladbach
Liverpool could be on the verge of hi-jacking Arsenal’s plans to sign the 23 year-old Swiss midfielder from Gladbach. A recent survey in the German tabloid “Bild” suggested that Xhaka has an 80% chance of signing for either Liverpool or Arsenal this summer.
And again, it appears Klopp’s connection to the Bundesliga and the fact Liverpool are on a more of an upward curve than their North London rivals would suggest a move to Merseyside is on the cards.
Xhaka would add quality and steel to Liverpool’s central midfield options.
It’s an area Klopp must be looking to strengthen as Lucas is winding down his career, Milner appears to more comfortable in a wide right role and Henderson’s persistent injury problems mean you cannot rely on his fitness for the whole season – so Xhaka, who was dubbed “a young Schweinsteiger” by his Swiss coach, would seem to be an ideal acquisition.
Sofiane Feghouli – Valencia
Klopp has already signed Joel Matip on a free transfer earlier this year and Valencia’s Algerian midfielder, Sofiane Feghouli, could be another free transfer winging his way to Anfield.
Feghouli is a right sided player that would add some depth to the Liverpool squad but Klopp reportedly faces competition from his Premier League rivals Manchester United and Spurs for the signature of the Algerian International.
Valencia would loathe to lose such a quality player on a free transfer but his reluctance to sign an extension is a clear indicator the player is Premier League bound this summer.
Theo Walcott – Arsenal
If any player in the Premier League needs a move to freshen up their career then its Arsenal’s Theo Walcott. It’s amazing to think Walcott is a due an Arsenal testimonial despite being just 27 years old but the pacey winger/striker has failed to kick on from a spectacular season in 2012/13 when he scored 14 league goals in 32 matches.
A combination of injuries and bad luck has plagued his recent time in North London but a move to Anfield, if the price is right, could be the perfect solution for all parties involved.
Liverpool would be gaining an English player with over a decade’s experience in the Premier league while Walcott has the chance of a fresh start.
Klopp’s “arm around the shoulder” approach could just be what the England international needs at this stage of his career.