Liverpool have assessed FIVE stars ahead of transfer window as Jurgen Klopp changes mind | Football | Sport

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp knows only minor tinkerings are needed this summer after seeing his club finish agonisingly short of winning the Premier League title.

The Reds finished the campaign with a huge 97 points to their name but could yet win silverware in the form of the Champions League, with their final clash with Tottenham taking place on June 1.

Liverpool have spent big in recent transfer windows with the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Naby Keita and Alisson Becker all coming in at premium prices.

And the Daily Mail say Reds sporting director Michael Edwards want to target young, hungry players who can put those in the first team under pressure.

The report says Liverpool have assessed five players prior to the transfer window opening today.

Villareal’s Samuel Chukwueze, Ajax’s David Neres and Bayer Leverkusen’s Julian Brandt are all in their sights.

Chukwueze has caught the eye over in La Liga this season, while Neres helped his side reach the Champions League semi-finals.

Brandt, meanwhile, was wanted by Klopp as an alternative to Mohamed Salah in 2017.

Liverpool are also said to have ran the rule over Lille’s Nicolas Pepe and Bristol City’s Lloyd Kelly.

But, regarding Gomez, the Daily Mail suggest the Merseyside giants have cooled their interest.

Meanwhile, former Liverpool star Stan Collymore believes his old side require a couple of marquee signings.

He told the Mirror: “I don’t buy into the theory that Liverpool will automatically be Manchester City’s main challengers next season just because they ran them so close this time.

“Turning a 25-point deficit into just a one-point deficit in the space of one season is an incredible achievement.

“Some clubs take three, four, five, even 10 seasons to close those sorts of gaps.

“But if Jurgen Klopp’s men were to lose to Tottenham in the Champions League final, having been pipped by City in the Premier League, then it would be a massive hammer blow for them mentally and could have an impact on them going again next term.

“So the question Klopp will be asking himself now is, ‘What do we need to do to win the league?’

“He’ll know he needs a couple of marquee signings — Ruben Neves would be fantastic for Liverpool — and for his squad not to drop points in such games as the games against Manchester United and Everton.”

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