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Jurgen Klopp told two Chelsea stars who would fit Liverpool system if Blues forced to sell

Kai Havertz, Mason Mount and Saul Niguez

A pundit has named the two Chelsea players who would work well under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool if the Blues are forced to sell this summer.

Chelsea’s finances are under threat following UK Government sanctions aimed at owner Roman Abramovich. Four groups have made the final shortlist to buy the club from Russian businessman Abramovich.

However, any change of ownership will result in major implications for Chelsea and its players.

Abramovich has written off plenty of the Blues’ debt to keep them competing at the highest level. In early March, this sum was revealed to be an astonishing £1.5billion.

The next owner is unlikely to put so much money into the west London outfit. That could mean first-team stars are sold to offset any losses.

One potential exit is that of Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku. He only returned to Stamford Bridge in the summer but is now wanted by former club Inter Milan.

Liverpool backed to pursue Chelsea duo

Michael Thomas, who made 163 appearances for Liverpool, wants the Reds to land two of Lukaku’s team-mates.

“Clearly the Chelsea situation is not ideal for anyone at the club. But they do have loads of talented players,” Thomas told CaughtOffside.

“There would probably be two players I would take at Liverpool – [Kai] Havertz and [Mateo] Kovacic.

“I think both those players could integrate into the current system and do well.”

Havertz is enjoying a successful campaign, having found the net 11 times in 36 matches so far. That includes four strikes in his last four Premier League appearances.

Kai Havertz of Chelsea

The 22-year-old is now Thomas Tuchel’s preferred centre-forward, ahead of Lukaku.

His impressive form means Liverpool would have to put some serious money on the table to agree a transfer.

Kovacic, meanwhile, is a creative spark in Chelsea’s midfield. His record for the season stands at two goals and five assists in 36 games.

Tuchel loves the Croatia international and would be loathe to see him move away from Chelsea.

Thomas also spoke about Mo Salah’s contract situation. A new deal is yet to materialise, putting Barcelona on alert.

“Liverpool must keep Salah,” the pundit added. “He is a match winner at the highest level and his consistency is amazing. The club will know that and I think they will come to a solution soon.”

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