A deep dive into Liverpool's midfield transfer targets this summer

  • Liverpool are targeting multiple midfielders this summer
  • It would be hoped the player brought in was very versatile
  • Some returns to former targets amongst new ones as well
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As all club football seasons and competitions wrap up, Liverpool, following pace with other top teams or wealthy powerhouses, is set to be busy seeking potential additions and working on those targeted earlier in the season.

Following the exit of Thiago at the end of the season, a versatile Spaniard midfielder once weaponized Liverpool’s squad, the team’s agenda in the transfer market became lucid: signing a midfielder.

Since Liverpool had targeted multiple gems among different leagues, let’s have a deep look at some potential midfielders who entered the transfer market for a higher level.

Khephren Thuram (Nice, Ligue 1) 

This name had been linked with Liverpool for over a year, and the source just gave an update recently saying that the team had entered the negotiation with Ligue 1’s Nice for acquiring Thuram.

Several big clubs are keeping an eye on the 23-year old French central midfield ahead of the opening of the transfer window later this month, including Chelsea and Juventus. Liverpool’s advance for the talk may have its priority to proceed.

The market value for Thuram is currently around €35 million, per Transfermarkt.

Tallying one goal and an assist in the just-ended season, Thuram was known for operating in a slightly advanced position.

Giving a decent 56.5% successful take-on in the 2023/24 Ligue 1 season, Thuram’s ghostly ball handling and widened skill set enabled him to juke out defenders and rip off a way to the net.

He would be one of the breakthrough points for the squad once Liverpool faced the full press, he can apply his skills and sight with the ball to draw defenders and open up spaces for others.

Bruno Guimarães (Newcastle, Premier League)

The 26-year old Brazilian is one of the most approachable for Liverpool’s coaching staff to observe due to him playing for a rival.

According to the report, Liverpool joined the race for Guimaraes who had gained interest from Manchester City and Arsenal. 

As a key piece who helped his team to reach the berth of Champions League, Guimarães showcased his outstanding defensive level, preventing opponents’ breakaways in the back with a tremendous 60% tackle rate last season.

Offensively, he had a notable contribution of seven goals and eight assists in 37 appearances.

His ability to initiate dangerous attacks and his proficiency in winning tackles make him a valuable asset in both defensive and offensive transitions, fitting Slot’s system to balance both ends.

Guimarães also demonstrated a strong sense of space and was effective in aerial duels. With his physicality and strength at a higher level, Guimarães would be favored by Slot, who would also be beneficial for Liverpool's midfield dynamism