Luis Suarez and other cast-offs could provide alternative route to transfers for Liverpool this summer

Luis Suarez and other cast-offs could provide alternative route to transfers for Liverpool this summer

Liverpool’s approach to transfers in the last few seasons has played a big part in their success, and that applies to their youth recruitment as well as the senior players they have added to their squad.

The Reds have brought in players from relegated clubs by completing excellent deals, and spent big on the likes of Alisson and Virgil van Dijk, with the end result being a team with the quality to take home the Champions League title in 2019 and win the Premier League at a canter last time around.

However, just because Jurgen Klopp’s team haven’t always opted for vastly experienced players doesn’t mean such players couldn’t improve their squad.

We’ve identified three men who, while out of favour at the European super clubs where they currently ply their trade, could have something to offer at Anfield – if the price is right.

Luis Suarez

Suarez is expected to be allowed to leave Barcelona following the arrival of Ronald Koeman as manager, with the Dutchman poised to oversee something of a reset at the Camp Nou.

The Uruguayan might be approaching the twilight of his career at the age of 33, but he still found the net more than 20 times in all competitions last season in what was widely regarded to be an underwhelming campaign at a personal and team level.

Liverpool fans seem torn on a return for a player who struck 31 goals in 33 games in his final Reds season, with some perhaps concerned at his lack of mobility given the way Klopp’s team sets up.

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However, if he’s available on a free, and if he wouldn’t be expecting to play every minute of every game, Suarez could still have something to offer his former employers.

Luka Jovic

Liverpool were among the clubs linked with Jovic while he was still at Eintracht Frankfurt, only for the Serbian frontman to decide on a move to Real Madrid.

Things haven’t gone to plan for the 22-year-old in his first season in Spain, with just two goals in the league and none in Europe, with the progress of youngsters Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior limiting his options.

Still, this is a player whose final season in the Bundesliga saw him finish the campaign with 27 goals in all competitions, and that’s not the sort of return that disappears overnight.

While Liverpool’s front three have few equals, could Klopp be tempted to look at Jovic once more, especially given the age difference between him and Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah?

Julian Draxler

He is a player that was tentatively linked with a move to Liverpool when Klopp arrived at Anfield in 2015.

Julian Draxler seems to have been in and out of the Paris Saint-Germain team since signing from Wolfsburg three years ago.

The 2019/20 campaign saw the 26-year-old feature just 22 times for the Ligue 1 champions across all competitions, failing to score a single goal.

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While these stats do not make the best reading, we all know that Klopp has an ability to get the absolute best out of pretty much any player he takes under his wing.

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There have been calls for the Reds to strengthen this summer, in particular in the attacking midfielder/forward department.

Should Draxler fancy a change of scenery, could he make an impact at Anfield?

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