Liverpool Transfer News: Red Bull Salzburg's Valon Berisha Eyed in Fresh Rumours

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistApril 10, 2018

ROME, ITALY - APRIL 05:  Valon Berisha of RB Salzburg celebrates after scoring the team's first goal from penalty spot during the UEFA Europa League quarter final leg one match between SS Lazio and RB Salzburg at Stadio Olimpico on April 5, 2018 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
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Liverpool have reportedly made contact with the representatives of Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Valon Berisha after watching him in action against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Europa League round of 16.

Sport Witness referred to a report from "excellently connected" Fabian Zerche, who wrote for Austrian website Spox that Liverpool's interest in Berisha was growing amid interest from another unnamed Premier League club.

The Reds are said to be preparing to double down on their Red Bull connections. The club have already lined up a move for RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita this summer, and Sadio Mane was stationed at Salzburg before he moved to Southampton in 2014. 

Berisha's form this season has caught the attention of some overseas admirers, netting a career best of 13 goals and contributing 14 assists, grabbing particular attention with his displays in the Europa League:

Berisha has featured largely on that flank for Salzburg this season, but he's also considered capable in more central slots, though he's not the tallest of figures at around 5'7".

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp neglected to sign a direct Philippe Coutinho replacement upon his departure for Barcelona in January, instead transitioning Sadio Mane into a left-wing position that's worked to great effect.

Football writer Sam McGuire recently suggested a Coutinho replacement is still in the plans, although his criteria doesn't precisely match up with Berisha, who is more a wide midfielder than an out-and-out winger:

Mane dazzled at Salzburg and Southampton before earning his way to Anfield, while Keita also had a spell at Red Bull's Austrian outpost before moving to Germany, and the idea is that Liverpool can save money going directly to the source.

The issue there, of course, is the Merseysiders lose the opportunity to test his talent in the English top flight prior to purchase, meaning they need to be certain about the calibre of the player they're buying.

Some might argue that Liverpool should be eyeing "bigger" targets than those impressing in the Austrian Bundesliga, although OptaPaolo recently told of Salzburg's might at home and abroad:

At 25 years of age, the Kosovo international is young enough to be shaped for some years to come, and he could present a fine investment opportunity if Liverpool's scouting can be relied upon.

No word has emerged on the other Premier League outfit said to be interested, but another talent sticking out at the Red Bull Arena could join other Salzburg alumni at Liverpool.

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