Sander Berge

Liverpool are eyeing a shock swoop for Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

The impressive playmaker has caught the attention of Reds’ boss Jurgen Klopp and could provide the solution to the club’s midfield injury crisis.

Sheffield United paid Belgian side Genk £22million for Berge in January 2020 and the Norwegian was a key component in the Blades’ run to the Championship play-off’s last season.

Berge is held in such high regard at Bramall Lane that Sheffield United slapped a £35m release clause on the 24-year-old, but that figure is unlikely to fend off interest from the FA Cup holders.

The Blades want to keep hold of the prized asset and see him as the man to help fire the club back to the Premier League despite already rejecting a bid from Belgian side Club Brugge.

But with Liverpool circling and boss Jurgen Klopp a known fan of the midfielder, keeping hold of Berge in the last days of the transfer window could prove difficult.

Liverpool have endured a torrid spell of injuries to the club’s midfielders with Thiago, Naby Keita, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all currently sidelined.

Klopp has changed his stance on the transfer market after initially stating the club’s business was complete, on the eve of the new Premier League season.

But injuries to key players coupled with a stuttering start to the season has seen the German tactician go back on his word.

‘We are working constantly on these type of things and we’ve spoken before about why sometimes it’s not happening,’ Klopp told reporters.

‘Sometimes it’s expensive, sometimes not the right player, but then situations change. It needs to be the right player and we’re working. If something will happen or not, I don’t know.’

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