Liverpool could repeat successful transfer trick in search for Gini Wijnaldum replacement

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Liverpool are in the market for a new midfielder this summer, following the departure of Georginio Wijnaldum. The Dutch international has joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer, putting pen to paper on a three-year deal with the Ligue 1 side.

As a result of Wijnaldum’s move, Liverpool have been linked with a whole host of potential replacements, including the likes of Saul Niguez, Florian Neuhaus and Otavio.

Another player that is reportedly on their radar is Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge, with Eurosport previously reporting that the 23-year-old ‘has been identified as an obtainable option who could be available at a decent price’.

Berge was part of the Blades squad which was relegated to the Championship last season and the Reds do have a good track record when it comes to signing talent from recently relegated clubs.

In fact, Wijnaldum was signed from Newcastle back in 2016 after their relegation from the top flight.

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He went on to become a key member of Jurgen Klopp’s side for five seasons and was ever-present for their Premier League and Champions League triumphs.

Left-back Andrew Robertson is another such signing, having been bought from Hull City in 2017 following their relegation, as is Xherdan Shaqiri, who was signed from Stoke in 2018.

All three players have played important parts in Liverpool’s recent success and Berge could become the latest player to follow in their footsteps.

The Norwegian international is widely expected to leave Bramall Lane this summer and the likes of Arsenal, Napoli and Atalanta have also been linked with his services.

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Klopp is said to be a big fan of Berge, having been impressed by his performance for Genk in a 2-1 defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League in 2019.

Following the game, Norwegian newspaper VG reported that Klopp told Berge: “You are an interesting player, a very interesting player.”

When asked about his interaction with Klopp, Berge said: “It was a great moment. You have a big smile when you receive those sorts of compliments.

“It is wonderful when such a renowned manager as Jurgen Klopp comes over and says something like that.”

New Sheffield United boss Slavisa Jokanovic was recently quizzed on the future of players like Berge and replied: “I never expect players to leave. I know there is talk about two [Berge and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale] and they are two of my best players. So of course I don’t want to see them go.

“I am aware of the situation with one [Berge]. I am aware of the possibilities that are out there.

“But him, the Norwegian guy, I also know the qualities he has got and how good he can be for us next season. So when I have the chance to meet him, to sit with him, I will try and make him stay here with us.

“I will try and make him stay because of his qualities and his ability, which would be very good for us to have going forward.”

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