Mikel Merino of Real Sociedad has been added to Liverpool’s midfield shortlist.
According to the rudygaletti.com website of Italian writer Rudy Galetti. Merino joins Youri Tielemans and Piotr Zielinski on a list ‘full of names’ for Jurgen Klopp, according to Galetti.
According to reports, Jude Bellingham is at the top of this shortlist. However, Real Madrid is said to be in ‘pole position’ to sign the 19-year-old.
Sofyan Amrabat and Moises Caicedo are two more names that are rumored to be on Liverpool’s radar. Merino has apparently crept into the picture below those two.
Merino ready for round two in England
This is perhaps a bit of a left-field link for Liverpool, but Merino wouldn’t necessarily be a bad signing at all.
For those fans who simply watch the Premier League, they might be surprised by that. Merino was after all a flop during his time at Newcastle United.
Having arrived in the North East from Borussia Dortmund, big things had been expected of Merino. The Chronicle reporter Mick Quinn even compared his passing to that of Liverpool legend Xabi Alonso, terming him ‘tremendous’ in the process.
But for one reason or another, Merino only played just 25 times for Newcastle. He was then shipped off to Real Sociedad for around £10m after just one season.
Since then, the 26-year-old has really kicked his game up a notch. Becoming a key player for La Real, Merino has won the Copa Del Rey and bagged himself 11 caps for Spain whilst back in his homeland.
All of that means that he may be worth the reported £50m release clause.
The Alonso comparisons may have proven to be hyperbole, but Merino may still be a good fit for Liverpool. Desperately in need of a bit of steel added to their midfield, he fits the profile to do that.
Let’s wait and see if anything more concrete materializes.