After midfielder Gini Wijnaldum joined Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool can still save millions to locate the next Gini Wijnaldum.
For the first time in the Premier League’s history, the clubs who were relegated were chosen with three games remaining for each team.
Fulham and West Bromwich Albion will return to the Championship after two seasons in the Premier League, while Sheffield United will be relegated after two seasons in the Premier League.
If one were to see the situation from the clubs’ point of view, their demotion was confirmed very early, giving them more time to organize for their promotion attacks in 2021/22.
In reality, it’s a pitiful consolation, but painful decisions will certainly have to be made when they alter their budgets for next season’s Championship campaign.
Other teams might use this time to see if there are any players from the demoted teams that they would like to purchase.
It’s a game that Liverpool has excelled in in the past. Between 2016 and 2018, the Reds signed a player who had just been demoted from the Premier League in each of the summers.
The additions of Gini Wijnaldum, Andy Robertson, and Xherdan Shaqiri were not unanimously praised by Liverpool fans, but all three have proven their worth to the club throughout their time with the Reds.
With that in mind, which Fulham, West Bromwich Albion, and Sheffield United players might have caught Michael Edwards and his team of data scientists’ eye in 2020/21?
It’s impossible to argue that any of Sheffield United’s players are appropriate for Liverpool after they have lost 28 of their first 35 league matches this season.
If you believe what you read, Sander Berge is on Manchester City and Arsenal’s shopping lists. He could potentially be of interest to the Reds, as he has the potential to fill the vacuum left by Wijnaldum’s inevitable exit.
Smarterscout, a football analysis website, uses data to create a statistical profile for a player in a given season. Berge’s 2019/20 campaign is, according to their model. Summary ends.