Liverpool’s practice of targeting relegated players in the transfer market is well documented.

Gini Wijnaldum, Andy Robertson and Xherdan Shaqiri all arrived during the Klopp era after being relegated from the Premier League with Newcastle, Hull and Stoke.

With so many upgrades going on this summer and with the club looking to add a defender (or two), a midfielder and a striker (or two), players will once again be focused on the players who will soon be lining up for clubs. descend.

This is one of the club’s inefficiencies in getting to market. Some struggle to separate a bad player from a bad team. Michael Edwards and his staff have shown a knack for identifying the qualities and skills they want on their roster on teams that are largely made up of blue pieces – pieces that would end up being relegated.

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In a depressed market where Liverpool will likely struggle to sell all of their foreign parts to raise a ton of transfer money, chasing inefficiencies will again be a priority. Those who will be relegated – Sheffield United and West Brom are all but confirmed – won’t be in dire need of cash, but almost all of the newcomers will have relegation clauses in place (with the crowded market, Edwards might be able to do this sue as a starting point for negotiation instead of paying the publication fee directly).

There is no series of names that jump out of West Brom or Sheffield United. There’s a reason both teams at both ends of the field have struggled and are in such precarious positions.

A name to be monitored: Sander Berge.

When Berge joined Sheffield United, it was heralded as a culture-defining transaction. Here United was by far the lowest budget in the league, beating some of the best and brightest in Europe (including Liverpool) to an honest child prodigy. Berge opted for a move to Sheffield United with a first-team football guarantee and a release clause in his contract – a clause that would allow him to leave at the first sign of trouble or when his potential is in the toughest of actual abilities ignores division in world football.

Berge got off to a mediocre start in the Premier League. He’s never really found a comfortable place in Sheffield United’s wonky setup, but he’s also been held back by the talent around him and the injuries that have hampered Sheffield United’s progress.

Part screening midfield, part center-back (and one who can really fit), Berge is at least worth a tour – or a call – if his relegation release clause is on the cheap end of the spectrum. He might not grow up to be a quality Champions League player but Liverpool need younger bodies in midfield. And they need versatility. Mountains would offer both – at value.

Similarly, Liverpool’s recruiting team will keep an eye on the final relegation spot. Currently, two points separate Fulham in 18th and Newcastle in 17th place. However, Fulham has been in good shape since the turn of the year. You have a formula; You learned how to win games at this level. Newcastle, meanwhile, is still covered in a haze of blues.

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Everything in Newcastle feels gloomy and grumpy. There is no rhythm for their game. There is no long-term vision.

Newcastle currently have one game in hand at Fulham and it is possible that scoring three points could all but end the fight at the bottom of the table. But if Newcastle’s terrible form continues, there will be a dramatic final day when Fulham welcomes Steve Bruce’s side on the final day of the season.

It all feels like it is preparing for what amounts to a relegation playoff. Delicious.

AndrĂ©-Frank Zambo Anguissa could be on the line for Liverpool. The Fulham midfielder is making a name for himself as a skilled replacement for the outgoing Gini Wijnaldum. Like Berge, his contract also has a relegation release clause. He has shown himself to be a tactically smart, solid midfielder over the course of this season. Since his crash course in the pressing – thanks to a loaned season in Seville in 2019 – he has become one of the most consistent and reliable pressers in the Premier League, achieving a pressure of 19.02 per 90 (in the 70th percentile in Europe) Top 5 leagues) and 1.69 interceptions per 90 (good for the 87th percentile).

Anguissa might not be high on anyone’s wish list, but when Michael Edwards tries to piece the summer’s puzzle together to figure out where to spend his limited resources, it would be a cheap option for a relegation club, a ton of sense.

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