Sander Berge is the latest name to be linked with a move to Anfield, with the Norwegian midfielder reportedly set to suffer relegation in the coming months to Sheffield United.
The Blades are 14 points from safety with nine games to go, and the Reds are known to pick up relegated players on the cheap before allowing Jurgen Klopp to improve them on Merseyside.
Gini Wijnaldum is a perfect example of a midfielder who found himself on the verge of playing league football with Newcastle United until Liverpool came to pick him up for a shrewd sum of £ 25million.
Berge hasn’t shown much this season after getting injured in mid-December, but he has shown some of his qualities at Bramall Lane in just over a year in England and Klopp previously described him as a “Very interesting player”.
Still 23 years old and around 6ft 3in tall, Berge ticks a lot of the boxes Liverpool tend to see as important.
He’s yet to be in his prime, and he’s physical enough to be present in the center of the park and win the air battles that typically occur given the team’s tendency to pressure and force opponents to go long. .
Last season only three midfielders posted a higher aerial winning percentage than Berge’s 65.2%, these being Rodri, Paul Pogba and Etienne Capoue.
And Liverpool’s height has been a problem for the Reds in the set-off defense this season, something Klopp himself has acknowledged when speaking of Takumi Minamino’s struggles this season.
He said: “We really thought about it and Takumi is an incredibly good player and we didn’t give him enough chances, that’s the truth.
“It’s for different reasons, sometimes it was just the size because of our defense issues and we weren’t big enough – and then Takumi on the pitch and I think ‘how do we do that.’
Must-see news from Liverpool FC
“Defending set pieces is very important and for the player it’s not too interesting and for the journalists it’s probably not interesting, but at times these things make the difference why one player plays and another not. ”
Aside from his physicality, Berge is comfortable and calm on the ball, and while he’s not the fastest on the pitch, he’s also not slow enough to be considered a weakness.
The biggest question mark attached to Berge’s link with Liverpool is simply whether he’s good enough in terms of overall quality, given the club’s desire to always compete for Premier League and League silverware. champions.
You will also receive the latest transfer discussions and analysis direct to your inbox every day with our free email newsletter.
Register here – it only takes a few seconds!
Berge is a well-rounded talent and he is certainly at Premier League level, but the Reds need the best and if they aren’t performing at that level yet, they must at least have the potential to reach that high cap.
Wijnaldum’s contract will expire this summer unless negotiations change by the end of the season; It remains to be seen whether Curtis Jones or Thiago Alcantara will be considered his replacement, but if not, Liverpool could be looking for a midfielder like Berge to take his place in the squad.
There appear to be more significant areas of concern in the squad than the central midfielder given new issues with central defense and attacking, but if the Reds choose to explore the option of bringing in a midfielder field at one point, Berge’s name could be on the shortlist.