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Liverpool can take advantage of Tottenham Hotspur transfer clearout and reignite four careers


Liverpool’s squad which became champions of everywhere was constructed through fantastic work in the transfer market.

Their signings in the last 18 months, such as Diogo Jota and Ibrahima Konate, have been shrewd acquisitions too.

Meticulous planning, analytical research and scouting all go into the process to help the club identify targets who can slip seamlessly into Jurgen Klopp’s side.

But with the club unable to compete financially with the likes of Manchester City, they also have to be creative and taking advantage of a fire sale at a rival club could be one way to do that.

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The term ‘fire sale’ is a bit extreme for what appears to be happening at Tottenham Hotspur, but it has been reported that they are looking to have a clear out.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Spurs are looking to sign Adama Traore, a player frequently linked with Liverpool, and move on Dele Alli, Steven Bergwijn, Matt Doherty and Tanguy Ndombele.

Is this a situation of which the Reds could take advantage?

As much as Doherty is a versatile full-back, capable of playing on either side of the defence, it’s hard to make a case he’d be a worthwhile addition to the squad.

Diogo Jota might vouch for his creative talents – Doherty having assisted the Liverpool forward four times while they were together at Wolves – but he has done little of note since joining Spurs.

Bergwijn is very much like rumoured Reds target Bukayo Saka (according to Statsbomb’s data) but would surely cost less.

Any player who scored 13 non-penalty goals and assisted a further 12, as the 24-year-old did when with PSV Eindhoven back in 2018/19, is clearly very talented.

Like many at Tottenham, Bergwijn has probably suffered from the multiple managerial changes. Despite joining the club just two years ago, he has already played under four different head coaches and could perhaps benefit from a bit of stability (possibly elsewhere?)

With it having been suggested that Liverpool will be looking to sign attackers who are no older than 25 this summer, the Dutch international could be an option.

As for the other two players, the Reds certainly saw what they could do in their recent 2-2 draw at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in which both performed well.

Alli is an interesting prospect as he grew up as a Liverpool fan who idolised Steven Gerrard and was on the verge of joining the Reds prior to his move from MK Dons to Spurs.

It was reported around the time that Liverpool’s infamous transfer committee believed he did not represent good value for money, but would he now?

That would depend on the fee, of course, but there’s no doubting his ability. Like Bergwijn he has lost his way of late, but unlike the Dutch international he has proved himself in the Premier League.

In 2016/17, a season in which he was just 20 years old, Alli scored 18 goals, the sixth most in the division, and his seven assists put him joint-12th in that chart too.

If you view his leaderboard appearances on FBRef, one can’t help but notice that they’re mostly taken from at least five years ago. His undoubted talent must still be in there though.

The final player up for consideration, Ndombele, has shown what he can do in flashes but has lacked consistency.

Jose Mourinho’s previous comments on the player ring alarm bells too: “I never doubted his ability but I doubted his effort and motivation,” he once said.

The former Lyon man feels like he would’ve been more successful with Mauricio Pochettino’s version of Spurs which pressed well rather than their more reactive sides in which he has often found himself.



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And if Liverpool did happen to be interested, Ndombele’s salary could be a stumbling block. Per Spotrac he is Tottenham’s joint-top earner on £200k per week, a figure which would catapult him near to the top of the Reds’ salary bracket.

Of course, if there were not question marks over this quartet of players then Spurs would be less inclined to allow them to leave.

Klopp could improve each of them but as Liverpool steer away from signings players who they don’t consider to be sure things, it’s unlikely any of these Tottenham men will be heading to Anfield.





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