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Who the Reds are looking to sign this summer

A new dawn beckons on the red side of the Merseyside as Arne Slot takes on the unenviable task of continuing Jurgen Klopp’s stellar work.

Klopp’s Liverpool farewell was understandably prolonged, and while the German won’t be forgotten in a hurry at Anfield, the Reds must move on now that Slot’s in town.

Champions League-winning boss Klopp attempted to oversee a mini-rebuild last summer off the back of an underwhelming 2022/23 campaign, but Liverpool’s stuttering conclusion to a once incredibly promising season highlighted the work that still needs to be done on the recruitment front.

Slot and company are in for a busy summer as they seek to build upon the sturdy foundations left by the previous regime.

Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah will remain at the club post-Jurgen Klopp / Stu Forster/GettyImages

This Liverpool squad certainly doesn’t require an overhaul, and they’re deep in most positions. Several academy stars depicted their worth last season, too.

There’s expected to be movement at centre-back with Joel Matip departing as a free agent. Virgil van Dijk isn’t going to be around forever, and while young Jarell Quansah performed superbly when called upon, there were concerns over Ibrahima Konate’s form down the stretch. Thus, the club could seek a cover option this summer.

The Reds struggled to acquire their preferred holding midfielder last summer, eventually settling for Stuttgart stalwart Wataru Endo. The experienced operator enjoyed a fine debut season, but this may be a position Liverpool will feel they need to upgrade. Slot could perhaps use Trent Alexander-Arnold in his midfield pivot alongside Alexis Mac Allister.

In attack, Liverpool need a Mohamed Salah succession plan and they could go after a wide forward. There are also doubts over Luis Diaz’s future.

Crysencio Summerville

Crysencio Summerville has caught the eye of several Premier League clubs / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

it’s all been fairly quiet on the potential incomings front thus far. While Liverpool are set to prioritise moves for a wide forward and a centre-back this summer, the profiles they’re after have not yet become clear.

Leeds United’s Crysencio Summerville, who scored at Anfield two seasons ago, has caught the eye of several Premier League clubs, including the Reds. With Leeds remaining in the Championship, Summerville is a sure bet to move on this summer.

Khephren Thuram was strongly linked to the club ahead of the 2023/24 season but stayed put at Nice. The Frenchman is a good fit for Slot’s midfield pivot, and is set to be available for a discounted price this summer.

Sporting CP’s left-footed centre-back Goncalo Inacio is another name to keep an eye on. He’s been linked with a move away from Portugal for the past couple of years, and now may be the time Inacio takes the next step in his career.

Alisson Becker

Alisson has been linked with a move to the Saudi Pro League / James Baylis – AMA/GettyImages

Luis Diaz

A decision will be made over Luis Diaz’s future this summer / James Baylis – AMA/GettyImages

Veterans Matip and Thiago Alcantara are out the door, but Slot will likely give the remainder of his squad time to impress before decisions are made over their futures.

Nevertheless, Luis Diaz is a player the Reds could part ways with for a big fee. The dogged Colombian impressed last season having burst onto the Premier League scene, but questions remain over his end product. He’s certainly not irreplaceable.

Alisson has also garnered Saudi Pro League interest, but the Reds won’t want to lose their superstar goalkeeper. Caoimhin Kelleher’s exit is more likely as he searches for regular first-team minutes.

Joe Gomez’s form at left-back further shoved Kostas Tsimikas down the pecking order, and while the Greek international recently signed a new contract, Liverpool would likely accept a reasonable offer for his services this summer.

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