According to journalist Dean Jones, it will be “interesting to observe” whether Liverpool renews its interest in midfielder Sander Berge of Sheffield United.
The 24-year-old has been a target for the Reds for some time, but they chose to focus on other targets in the summer instead of making a move for him.
Liverpool transfer news – Sander Berge
According to the French publication Jeunes Footeux, Berge is in high demand due to some good performances in the Championship, and both Liverpool and Chelsea are ready to buy him.
Since both players’ contracts expire in the summer, Jurgen Klopp may be without both Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the upcoming season, while Arthur Melo, who is now on loan, is likely to go back to his original team.
Berge is one of the options being considered, so improving Liverpool’s midfield options is probably high on Klopp’s list of priorities.
The present deal for the international from Norway is set to expire in 2024, thus January might be the last chance the Blades have to collect a sizable sum for their treasured possession.
What has Jones said about Berge?
According to Jones, Liverpool has been monitoring Berge’s ιnjury recovery, but there is “absolutely no doubt” the engine room operator is still a favorite of the Reds.
“They kind of waited to see what his reaction to the ιnjury would be, to make sure he responded properly to it, to make sure there were no consequences, and to see if he could get his form back,” he said.
There’s no question they like this player, so it will be intriguing to see whether they decide to renew their interest in him.
Would Berge be a good signing?
Berge’s teammate Rhian Brewster referred to him as a “Rolls Royce,” and it’s clear from looking at his stats why.
The 6’5″ superstar has made 80 appearances for Sheffield United since moving there for £22 million in January 2020, scoring 11 goals and dishing out nine assists while putting up some eye-catching underlying statistics over the past year.
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According to FBref, among his positional contemporaries over the past 12 months, Berge has placed in the 97th percentile for touches in the offensιve penalty area, 95th for completed dribbles, 92nd for progressive passes received, and 82nd for total shots.
It reɱains to be seen if Berge can make the transition necessary to excel for Liverpool, but Klopp might be persuaded to take that chance next month.
Liverpool fans slam France ‘biggest mistake’ related to Konate in World Cup final
Liverpool fans have criticized Didier Deschamps for choosing Dayot Upamecano over Ibrahima Konate for the World Cup championship game.
Konate was unfortunate to be sitting on the bench because he has been in outstanding form for France leading up to the final.
Jules Kounde, Raphael Varane, Konate, Upamecano, and William Saliba are just a few of France’s talented defenders. However, Wesley Fofana and Presnel Kimpembe were injured prior to the tournament.
However, Konate has received criticism on social media while the Bayern Munich center-back has sat on the sidelines.
A statistic from Opta that showed that the Liverpool center-back had won 95% of his duels at this World Cup, the best percentage success rate of anyone at the World Cup, supported Konate’s unquestionably excellent play.
The 23-year-old had played 90 minutes in the semi-final against Morocco and had started three of France’s previous six games, so he may have felt deserving of the starting spot in the championship game.
Due to a Lionel Messi penalty and an outstanding team effort that was finished off by Angel Di Maria, France trailed 2-0 at the half. Upamecano ran into issues.
The Bayern defender was involved in two one-on-one battles, won one of them, made one tackle, gave the ball away five times, was fouled once, and won the other.
Even though Upamecano did lose possession of the ball before to Di Maria’s second goal, Argentina’s team play was a sweeping, flawless move that was virtually unstoppable.
On social media, Liverpool supporters backed their player, with one claiming that “Konate is clear.”
The decision was criticized by a Liverpool supporter who claimed that France’s biggest mistake was not starting Konaté.
Another guy said something similar: “Upamecano’s location ends up harming him, while Konate delivered a masterpiece against Tunisia and Morocco yet doesn’t start the title game. Funny.”
One opponent’s supporter tried to pass as a Liverpool fan by saying, “Never thought I’d ever be pushing propaganda for a Liverpool player but I see why they were upset that Konate was benched for Upamecano now.”
Prior to the championship game, three French players—Konate, Kingsley Coman, and Varane—experienced a health scɑre.
Despite Deschamps’ assertion that he didn’t have any “specific anxieties prior to the game,” it’s probable that this contributed to the France team’s lackluster first-half performance.
After a disasтrous first half for his team, Kylian Mbappe’s brace helped France fighт back to tie the game late on, leveling the scores at 2-2 as of this writing.