Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool eye Leeds-linked goal machine as Wijnaldum successor

Date published: Monday 5th April 2021 12:45 - Jonny Whitfield

Teun Koopmeiners Willem II v AZ Alkmaar April 2021

Liverpool are looking at a goalscoring midfielder as a potential new signing, while a Real Madrid star has a plan for Tuesday’s clash with the Reds – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.

REDS EYEING MIDFIELD GOAL MACHINE

Liverpool are looking at signing AZ Alkmaar midfielder Teun Koopmeiners as a potential replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum, according to a report.

The Anfield club look increasingly likely to lose Wijnaldum as the season progresses. The 30-year-old, one of Liverpool’s most consistent players since his 2016 arrival, is in the final few months of his contract. However, there has been little to suggest that he will sign an extension.

As such, reports across the past several months have speculated as to who the Reds could sign to replace him.

Udinese’s Rodrigo de Paul and Florian Neuhaus of Borussia Monchengladbach are both supposedly on their radar.

According to Calciomercato, though, Liverpool are also looking at Koopmeiners.

The 23-year-old, who is a fellow Dutchman of Wijnaldum, has become a crucial part of Alkmaar’s team. Not only is he the club’s captain, but he has a fantastic goalscoring record while generally plying his trade as a defensive midfielder.

The Netherland Under-21 international has scored 17 goals in 37 games this season. He has played 22 games in defensive midfield and 10 fixtures further forward.

However, Koopmeiners has also operated at centre-back five times, therefore offering lucrative versatility.

In the Eredivisie, his record stands at 15 strikes from 28 games and he had played every minute in the league this term before his sending off in Saturday’s clash with Willem II.

Leeds have entertained links with a swoop for him in the past, in the hunt for cover for Mateusz Klich.


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