Kosovan midfielder emerges as surprise target for Klopp and Liverpool

Date published: Tuesday 10th April 2018 1:45 - James Marshment

Red Bull Salzburg star Valon Berisha is a summer target for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, according to reports in the Austrian media.

The 25-year-old midfielder is carving out quite the reputation for himself in the Austrian Bundesliga, where he has 37 goals and 34 assists from his 210 appearances for the club.

Now respected Austrian journalist Fabian Zerche, via Austria outlet Spox, claims the Reds have had the player watched intensively in recent weeks, with scouts running a close assessment of him in Red Bull’s Europa League clash against Borussia Dotmund recently.

And according to the report, Liverpool have initiated contact with Berisha’s management over a possible summer switch to Anfield.

Klopp is in the market for new midfielders this summer, despite the imminent arrival of Naby Keita from Salzburg’s sister club, RB Leipzig.

With Emre Can set to leave, Klopp wants reinforcements brought in and the talented Kosovan could fit the bill.

Berisha has quite the background, with the player having been born in Sweden and representing both Norway and then Kosovo at international level; the player having been given permission to change allegiance following Kosovo’s admittance as a FIFA member country in 2016.

There’s no word of the type of fee Berisha would command, but having played alongside both Keita at Salzburg and Sadio Mane, who also played for the Austrians before his move to Southampton, the player would at least have a couple of familiar faces if he were to move to Anfield.

The Reds have also been linked with a fanciful double swoop for Juventus star Paulo Dybala and Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos as Klopp looks to strengthen his options ahead of a possible assault on the Premier League title next season.

 

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