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A Hectic Summer At Anfield: Who are the midfield superstars that are topping Jurgen Klopp’s summer wishlist?

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Managing to claim what was an essential 1-0 victory at home against Brentford over the weekend, Liverpool are still believing that they can secure a top-four finish this month.

While Jurgen Klopp’s side might have shown some extended Premier League issues this season, the ex-Borussia Dortmund boss has now seen his side win each of their last six straight top-flight appearances.

However, still needing favours from elsewhere over the final few weeks, Liverpool have come under some scrutiny for their midfield issues this year.

Along with accepting last month that they will be unable to bring Jude Bellingham back to England this summer, veteran star James Milner will be heading to Brighton on a free transfer ahead of the 2023/24 campaign.

Likewise, with growing speculation that both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin and Naby Keita will be heading out of Anfield when their current deals expire, many are expecting a real midfield overhaul on Merseyside.

With Klopp expected to be backed by the Anfield hierarchy this summer, we have taken a look at the European superstars who are topping Liverpool’s wishlist.

Alexis Mac Allister – Brighton

Although many around the Amex might have been disappointed after Graham Potter made his brief switch to Chelsea back in September, Brighton have only continued on a remarkable rise since they welcomed Roberto De Zerbi to the south coast.

Although the Seagulls might have slumped to a remarkable 5-1 drumming at home against Everton on Monday evening, they still have their sights firmly set on claiming a famous European spot in 2023.

Only continuing to gain a string of plaudits from across the Premier League, it is Alexis Mac Allister who has spearheaded Brighton’s iconic top-six charge.

Making real history out in Qatar as he helped guide Argentina to a first world crown since 1980, the 24-year-old has quickly transformed into one of Europe’s most sort after talents.

While Brighton might have made it clear that they’re desperate to keep hold of their midfield talisman, many around the south coast have accepted that Mac Allister will be on the move this summer.

Along with extended speculation regarding a potential move to Manchester United when the window reopens, The Times reported last week that Liverpool are stepping up their bid to complete a Mac Allister swoop.

Mason Mount – Chelsea

While Liverpool might be set for a real midfield overhaul this summer, they are not the only Premier League giant who are seeking a major shakeup come the end of the season.

Although Chelsea might have made a crucial return to winning ways over the weekend as they claimed a 3-1 victory away at Bournemouth, it doesn’t cover what has been a nightmare campaign in west London.

In desperate need of slashing their bumper wage bill, it appears almost certain that a number of the Blues’ first-team stars will be heading for the Stamford Bridge exit this summer.

Once again missing out at the Vitality on Saturday afternoon after picking up a recent pelvic injury, it is becoming clearer by the day that England international Mason Mount will be ending his almost two-decade association with the club.

Soon to enter the final 12 months of his current deal at Chelsea, there are no signs of an extension being agreed and both parties have been at a standoff for a number of months.

However, although the 24-year-old might have notched just three Premier League strikes this season, The Express reported last month that is inching towards a blockbuster move to Merseyside.

Ryan Gravenberch – Bayern Munich

Although Ryan Gravenberch might have been handed a rare start as Bayern Munich claimed a 2-1 victory away at Werder Bremen over the weekend, the talented 20-year-old has grown more frustrated with a lack of first-team chances.

Despite making the move to Munich last summer in a £20million switch from Ajax, Europe’s budding midfield star has struggled to find a place under either Julian Naggelsman or Thomas Tuchel.

Making just a single Bundesliga start since opening 2023, there has been mounting speculation that Gravenberch could already be on his way out of the Allianz.

With plenty of admirers around the red half of Merseyside, this is not the first time that Klopp’s side have been heavily linked with a move for Gravenberch.

Not only was it reported by Sky Sports last summer that the Dutch international was one of Liverpool’s top transfer targets, it was also suggested back in January that the Liverpool hierarchy were pursuing a potential shock loan move.

Although the Premier League giants might have been knocked back twice in their pursuit of Gravenberch, it appears that Klopp is keen on trying his luck for a third time when the window reopens.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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