Barella, Schick, Tielemans - 5 players Liverpool should sign

Replacing the departed Wijnaldum should be the club's priority this summer

Liverpool's surrender of their Premier League title last season was emphatic - finishing a whopping 17 points behind champions Manchester City.

Injuries to star centre-backs Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez early in the campaign no doubt hurt the Reds' title defence, while Joel Matip's absence for large chunks of the campaign was also telling.

Of the famed front three, only Mohamed Salah threatened the goalscoring charts, with Sadio Mane in particular enduring a difficult season.

But with Van Dijk and Gomez looking on course for the Premier League opener against promoted Norwich City on August 14, manger Jurgen Klopp's more pressing concern is filling the void left by Georginio Wijnaldum's departure.

The Netherlands international has been a key performer under Klopp over the past three seasons and his move to Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer leaves a considerable hole to fill.

The Reds have been linked with a number of world-class midfielders, including Nicolo Barella, Youri Tielemans and Saul Niguez.

Above is a photo gallery of five potential Anfield targets this summer.

Updated: July 20th 2021, 3:19 AM