Liverpool has one transfer must this summer and Arne Slot should add two more signings too

Ederson of Atalanta celebrates with the Europa League trophy midweek.
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Liverpool is set to enter a period of transition. And while the squad that Jürgen Klopp leaves behind for Arne Slot is a strong one, there will be more additions needed ahead of next season.

A center-back is a real must to add more depth in that area and a signing in that position needs to be a certainty. But there is a case to be made for additions elsewhere as well, and then, of course, there are young players like Bobby Clark and Kaide Gordon who are hoping to find a pathway to more senior minutes.

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Who should new sporting director Richard Hughes target in the transfer market? Some of our writers have had their say, with some very different players each, coincidentally, who play a different position — being selected.

Matt Addison

Regular readers of our content will not be surprised to read the name Florian Wirtz here. Philippe Coutinho might not have left Liverpool in the nicest of manners and his career swiftly went downhill from the moment he joined Barcelona, but he was a magical player at his best — particularly in those last few months.

Wirtz, to me, is another version of Coutinho. The Bayer Leverkusen starlet has got 38 goal contributions so far this season so the numbers stack up too, but more than that, he is simply wondrous to watch. With Thiago Alcântara leaving as a free agent, there is a vacancy required in the 'I'd pay to watch them train' category. Wirtz would instantly fit into it.

There is a need for Liverpool to sign a defender and I'm sure it will do just that. But I'd like to see attacking reinforcements as well. If the Reds don't get Wirtz, there is a danger that he ends up signing for a rival — and I really don't want that to happen.

Andrew Beasley

My priority is a center-back to replace Joël Matip. Can anyone hope to occupy a similar place in our hearts though? This means we are looking for a right footer who is good in the air and very comfortable at breaking the lines with a charge up field. Finding one of Matip’s caliber is not easy, with one of the top matches for 2023/24 being Joe Gomez if you use Joël’s stats as benchmarks.

Another top statistical match is Nico Elvedi of Borussia Mönchengladbach. He is 27 so entering his peak years, completes over 91 per cent of his passes every season and coincidentally is in the 91st percentile of big league center-backs for progressive carries over the last year. He’ll do for starters, Mr. Hughes.

Emmet Gates

A player Liverpool should really look at signing this summer is Brazilian midfielder Ederson from Atalanta. Liverpool has of course been linked to his partner in midfield Teun Koopmeiners (and rightly so), yet I think Ederson would be more suited to the rigors of the Premier League and to Liverpool.

Ederson has gone under the radar due to Koopmeiners' form, but he does a lot of the dirty work in midfield, he presses very well, can carry the ball and isn't afraid to put a tackle in, something Liverpool hasn't had since letting Fabinho leave. He was exceptional in the Europa League final and has been consistent for Atalanta all season.

Moreover, Ederson wouldn't cost a huge amount of money, even if Atalanta can be difficult negotiators (as Manchester United found out last summer with Rasmus Højlund). Yet at just 24, Ederson has tremendous upside and could be a mainstay in the Liverpool midfield for years. He could be the one to sign this summer with limited options available in the number six market.