Sancho is just one of many young players released or sold who have excelled elsewhere, before returning to the Premier League, the roster includes Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and even Mohamed Salah.
Liverpool will certainly be looking at players with rising stocks who can add a lot to the squad in the years to come, and among those will likely be the four players below.
Surprisingly, Chelsea let center-back Fikayo Tomori leave, initially on loan, at AC Milan before the Italian club bought the defender for £ 25million.
In his few appearances for Chelsea, the 23-year-old has shone, demonstrating his fantastic ball ability, strength, speed and above all his ability to defend wide open spaces in individual situations.
Against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in 2019, Tomori was put in the unenviable position of defending against Mohamed Salah. After Liverpool took the lead, the Reds attempted a counterattack on the right side, either playing straight into Salah or passing behind Tomori. Still, the defender excelled, holding the wing in a way few players could against Mohamed Salah.
Since then, Tomori has improved even further and is a regular holder of AC Milan, who finished second in Serie A and conceded the third fewest goals in the league (41).
Liverpool recently bought Ibrahima Konaté, but given that a Liverpool defender’s profile is so specific, he must be able to defend wide open spaces, be dominant in the air, strong on the ball and quick, the club would do well. to keep an eye on Tomori. .
Eric Garcia recently joined Barcelona after leaving Premier League-winning Manchester City on a free transfer.
Like Tomori, the young center-back has made a few first-team appearances, displaying the qualities and maturity of a much more experienced player. However, after declaring that he would not renew his contract, and with the addition of Ruben Dias and Nathan Aké to the squad, García found his time in the first team limited to three Premier League and League appearances. champions.
García is currently part of the Spain squad at Euro 2020 and was chosen ahead of Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, who has suffered injuries throughout the season.
Spain manager Luis Enrique praised the 20-year-old after his side beat Slovakia, saying:
“I thought he [García] was the player he usually is. His age doesn’t quite do his personality on the pitch justice. “
“He’s very good at screening players, scoring his opponent, I think he’s very smart defensively. He knows when to intervene, he knows when to cover. He is very well coordinated with his full-back, with the other central defender. ”
Given that Manchester City bought Ruben Dias for £ 65million, the board will be furious to let such a talented player go at such a low price, especially given his propensity to improve and build on on the promising skills he already possesses.
If García ever returns to the Premier League it will likely come at a higher price, but the experience he develops at Barcelona will make him a great addition for Liverpool, if he continues to improve.
Jude Bellingham extended his contract with Borussia Dortmund on his eighteenth birthday, while on international duty with England at Euro 2020. Within a year, the youngster Birmingham central midfielder has established himself as the first central midfielder among teenagers.
Internationally, he appeared significantly calmer and more confident than his teammates, while for Borussia Dortmund, both in the Bundesliga and the Champions League, the versatile midfielder impressed, with an outstanding performance against Manchester City in of the round of 16 of this last competition.
His statistical profile is one of the best in the world, with his xG and xA penalty-free contributions putting him in the top 8% of midfielders. He also excels at dribbling, forward passing and protecting the ball.
Bellingham can play in midfield as well, as a defensive midfielder or No.10, but he is best suited for the No.8 role where he can contribute both in an offensive and defensive sense.
Unlike Tomori and García, Bellingham is already a solidly established international player, but if he returns to the UK he will undoubtedly improve the squad he joins, but at a considerable financial cost.
For Liverpool, he would be the perfect successor to Jordan Henderson, or Thiago, who will both evolve towards the end of their careers in a few years.
Manchester City midfielder Felix Nmecha has been released by Manchester City but has been linked with a number of clubs including Celtic.
Nmecha is a progressive player, able to carry the ball forward from deep positions and enter goal positions.
The 20-year-old midfielder was named as a possible star by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola in September 2018, when he was put in the squad for a Carabao Cup match against Oxford United, in which Phil Foden played.
An injury in the 2019/20 season halted his ascent, but in the 2020/21 season he scored 10 goals in 20 appearances for Manchester City’s U23 side, at a rate of 0.74 goals to 90 according to FBRef.
Nmecha was also named to the Manchester City bench in a Champions League game in December and assisted João Cancelo’s 90th-minute goal, before making his first start for the senior squad against Burton Albion.
His strong performance in Premier League 2, along with the talents that led Pep Guardiola to name him and Eric Garcia at a press conference, may well indicate that the talented midfielder can still realize his talents at the top.
His skills are said to be different from those currently on Liverpool’s books, but the midfielder will have to prove his skills in a starting role in a top five league squad before Liverpool look at him.
Nmecha’s older brother Lukas, 22, is also linked with moves to Porto and RB Leipzig after impressing the German Under-21 team during their campaign for the European Championships.
The forward has scored 14 goals and provided three assists for Anderlecht in 2020/21.
Players like Tomori, García and Bellingham will likely all come with a substantial price tag, but with Premier League clubs investing heavily in their recruiting and youth squads, there is an excess of quality players who just need to make their mark. evidence at the highest level.