9 players who Liverpool could realistically sign this summer
1. Jorge Mere (Sporting Gijon)
So, Virgil van Dijk’s off the table. Probably. Still, there’s plenty more fish in the sea as far as talented centre-backs are concerned - and Mere should be towards the top of Liverpool’s wishlist.
Sporting were relegated to the second tier of Spanish football last year, but the 20-year-old defender can hardly be blamed for that. A touch on the small side at 6ft, Mere is nevertheless aggressive while also an intelligent reader of the game, attributes which would make him a sound addition to the Liverpool ranks.
2. Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon)
- Only Edinson Cavani (35) scored more goals than Alexandre Lacazette (28) in Ligue 1 last season
Every year there seems to be a transfer story which dominates the summer, and Lacazette’s impending exit from Lyon could turn into the 2017 edition. Atletico Madrid were thought to be leading the race for his signature before their transfer ban was upheld, with Arsenal, Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund now among the contenders to land a player who’s scored 20+ Ligue 1 goals in each of the last three seasons.
Liverpool have also been mentioned in relation to the France international, who would certainly be a good fit for Jurgen Klopp’s style of play at Anfield. Lacazette likes to drift across the final third and is a skilled runner of the channels, as well as someone who is both willing and able to press from the front.
3. Gael Clichy (Manchester City)
James Milner did an admirable job of filling in at left-back last season, but there’s no getting away from the fact that he’s simply not a natural in that position. Clichy would by no means be a long-term solution to Liverpool’s longstanding problem, but he’s available on a free and would certainly do a job for a season or two.
The 31-year-old ex-Arsenal man possesses bags of experience and knows what it’s like to play in the Champions League, having made 81 appearances in the competition throughout his career.