James Maddison of England during the Euro U21 Qualifying match at Bramall Lane Stadium, Sheffield. Picture date: 27th March 2018. Picture credit should read: Simon Bellis/Sportimage via PA Images

England youth pair & RB Salzburg midfielder latest players linked with Liverpool

As the summer transfer window fast approaches, various publications have linked Liverpool with moves for an English duo and a Kosovan midfielder.

The Reds have made great strides under Jurgen Klopp this season, and as the season draws to a close there are few genuine areas of concern within his squad.

Loris Karius‘ rise as newly reinstated No. 1, Virgil van Dijk‘s effect on the defensive dynamic, Naby Keita‘s impending arrival and the remarkable quality of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have boxed off key areas.

Beyond another centre-back and further additions in the middle of the park, the major issue for Klopp in the upcoming window will generating strength in depth.

Taking his cues from the success of the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, he could well look towards homegrown talent.

According to the Mirror, the Reds are interested in Norwich City midfielder James Maddison, along with Tottenham and “several other top-flight clubs.”

Maddison has scored 15 goals and assisted a further 11 in 45 appearances for the Canaries this season, and also laid on the opener in the England U21s’ 2-1 win over Ukraine last month.

Though Norwich manager Daniel Farke recently insisted there was “no sum or figure” he would consider to part ways with the 21-year-old he also conceded that “if Barcelona or Paris Saint-Germain want to buy him there can be a solution.”

The Mirror claim it would take a bid of £30 million to sign Maddison, which is considerably higher than the price tag of Stevenage centre-back Ben Wilmot.

Regional publication the Comet report that Liverpool are “favourites” to sign Wilmot this summer in a deal worth around £1 million.

Wilmot, 18, is a ball-playing defender standing at 6’2″, and despite currently plying his trade in League Two he received his first England U19 call-up for the March international break.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Tuesday, April 10, 2018: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp before the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Meanwhile, Austrian outlet Spox have reported the Reds’ interest in Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Valon Berisha.

They claim that Liverpool scouts were present during Salzburg’s recent Europa League last-16 victory over Borussia Dortmund, with Berisha scoring both goals in the 2-1 aggregate win.

The 25-year-old Kosovo international, formerly of Norway, has scored 13 and assisted nine in 40 games for Salzburg this season, and would suffer no “culture shock” working under Klopp.

Rumour specialists Sport Witness described Spox reporter Fabian Zerche as “excellently connected,” which could distinguish reports of interest in Berisha with recent links with Ferran Torres and Nicolo Barella.

Like Maddison, Berisha could take up a roving role in Klopp’s midfield, competing with the likes of Keita, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Georginio Wijnaldum.

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