Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern are buzzing after securing Champions League football for the second season in a row for the first time since 2009.
The Reds needed a point against Brighton to guarantee a top-four finish, and goals from Mohamed Salah, Dejan Lovren, Dominic Solanke and Andrew Robertson secured a dominant 4-0 victory for the Reds. Another season in the Champions League means Jurgen Klopp will be able to attract a higher calibre of player to Anfield. The German will welcome Naby Keita to his squad when the window reopens, but further additions are needed.
Liverpool will benefit financially from progressing to the final of the Champions League as well as receiving prize money for their fourth-place finish. As well as this, Klopp is yet to spend the £140m windfall received from Philippe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona. One man who looks set to leave Anfield is Emre Can – the midfielder is set to seal a move to Juventus according to reports in the Express via Corriere dello Sport.
To replace him, Liverpool should sign Lyon wonderkid – Houssem Aouar. The 19-year-old has emerged as one of the hottest prospects in France following a breakthrough season in Ligue 1. The Frenchman has made 42 appearances, scoring six goals and six assists in all competitions this season. He is valued at £22.5m according to Transfermarkt.
An energetic midfielder with plenty of technical ability, Aouar is the perfect player for Klopp’s counter-attacking system. He is capable of making late runs into the box but also has a keen eye for a pass which could mean even more goals for Liverpool’s deadly forward trio.
If reports are to be believed, Nabil Fekir could seal a move to Liverpool this summer. To challenge Manchester City for the title, they should bring his Lyon team-mate with him.
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