Liverpool always sign one of the best relegated players every summer.
In 2015 we got Danny Ings from Burnley. In 2016 we got Gini Wijnaldum from Newcastle. In 2017 we got Andy Robertson from Hull and in 2018 we got Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke!
Apart from Ings (and we’re still going to make a massive profit on the striker who struggled with two enormous injuries), all those players have done exceptionally well.
So it’s fair to say that Liverpool might be after the next bargain come the end of this season…
What we’ve done is analysed the bottom seven teams, largely because there’s only three points between 18th placed Cardiff and 14th placed Crystal Palace, and handpicked the players we’d potentially take at Anfield should said team go down.
There’s nobody in the Huddersfield squad we’d take, in short.
We’d have Ryan Sessegnon all day long. The youngster can play at left-back, which is a position we need to buy in the summer due to Alberto Moreno leaving on a free. But his ability to also play left-wing would bolster our offensive options, too. Elsewhere, Andre Schurrle and Jean-Michel Seri are too good for the Championship, but probably not good enough for us, in fairness.
If Liverpool buy one of Neil Warnock’s long-ball merchants, we’ll be mightily surprised.
The only player who could improve our squad is central defender Jamaal Lascelles. If we get rid of injury prone Joel Matip, we’ll need another player as an option for the backline.
This one’s interesting actually, as Liverpool may need a backup keeper next season, if Simon Mignolet decides to look for first-team football. Burnley have Nick Pope, Tom Heaton and Joe Hart all competing for one spot. One of those would be decent as Alisson’s reserve, right?
We have a habit of plundering Southampton’s best talent. Maybe Ryan Bertrand would be a decent backup option to Andy Robertson; better than Moreno, anyway. Perhaps Alex McCarthy, now in the England squad, would do a job as our reserve stopper, too.
14) Crystal Palace
The one man that stands out is obviously Wilf Zaha. The Ivorian is far too good to be playing in the bottom half of the Premier League – and will definitely leave if Palace go down (although we’re pretty sure they won’t). We’d also take Aaron Wan-Bissaka in a heartbeat to provide competition at right-back.