From Andrew Robertson to Georginio Wijnaldum Liverpool have a knack for capturing marquee talent from relegated sides.
It is a trend which has paid dividends so far.
And while in the past two summers the club have steered away from making similar moves, it could be possible that Michael Edwards and Jurgen Klopp return to their ‘old ways’ this summer.
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The market this summer will be volatile. Jurgen Klopp predicted ‘it would be a strange one.’
Liverpool will need to act smart this summer.
More than ever clubs, even the stature of Liverpool, will need to keep their eyes peeled for bargain prices.
Especially given the club’s need for reinforcements.
With the aforementioned Georginio Wijnaldum set to depart for pastures new, one of the Reds’ biggest priority will be to find an adequate replacement for the Dutch ace.
Sheffield United’s Sander Berge who is available on a cut-price via 90min could be the perfect target amidst the difficult financial market.
The Norwegian midfielder who stands at 1.95 metres tall was a revelation at Sheffield United last season before an injury curtailed his current campaign. Nonetheless with Berge back to fitness the club might be tempted to make a move.
Especially given the fact that Jurgen Klopp has previously waxed lyrical about the 23 year old via VG.
Berge offers a good mix of defensive and offensive qualities as well as an aerial threat going forward.
But do not be misguided by his height. Despite his long limbs, Berge is excellent on the ball.
One of Georginio Wijnaldum’s best assets is his ability to progress the ball from deep through darting forward run. This season Wijnaldum has averaged 1.55 dribbles per 90 in the Premier League via Wyscout with a success rate of 66.7%. Berge meanwhile averages 3.3 per 90 and has a success rate of 63.6%.
Of course pressing is a key element of Jurgen Klopp’s heavy metal football but according to Fbref, Berge is better in this metric too. Wijnaldum averages 12.88 pressures per 90, meanwhile Berge makes 17.44.
The 23 year old Norwegian might not be the ‘big money name’ fans will wish for. Some might even scowl at the prospect. However, he might just be the ‘smart’ move which saves the clubs millions in the long term.
What do you make of Sander Berge at Liverpool?