Koopmeiners to Liverpool rumours gather strength under Slot plot

Teun Koopmeiners to Liverpool is looking likely to be the first signing of the Arne Slot era at Anfield, as the Reds are set make the Dutchman's signing a top priority.

Koopmeiners caught the eye against Liverpool in recent weeks, as his Atalanta side shocked Anfield in a 3-0 win. And with Arne Slot's announcement as the new Liverpool manager seemingly imminent, the Reds are being linked to a slew of Dutch internationals.

Arne Slot could bring Koopmeiners to Liverpool
Koopmeiners is admired at Anfield – Photo by Icon Sport

Koopmeiners to Liverpool: Dutch connection

Koopmeiners and Slot would join an already-strong Dutch contingent on Merseyside, which includes Virgil van Dijk, Cody Gakpo and Ryan Gravenberch. One of the benefits of Koopmeiners' potential signing is that he already knows Arne Slot and his methods very well, having shone under the new Liverpool boss at AZ Alkmaar.

The 26-year-old is not the only Slot student being targeted by the Reds either, as exciting Feyenoord defender Lutsharel Geertruida has also been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool. Koopmeiners is more than just a proxy for Slot's tactical ideas though, having always been an excellent player in his own right.

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At Atalanta, Koopmeiners has played both deep in a midfield pivot, and in more advanced areas, marauding behind the central striker in Atalanta's 3-4-2-1 system. This sort of flexibility will address some of the issues that have seen the Reds all but cast out of the 2023/24 PL title race.

Koopmeiners also has an excellent left foot, using it to either put up impressive progressive passing numbers, or provide end product, as shown by his 14 goals and five assists this season.

Koopmeiners is industrious out of possession too. The Dutch international works hard, reads the game well and is unafraid to put a firm challenge in.

Alexis Mac Allister was one of the clutch of midfielders the Reds signed in 2023, and would form an exciting axis with Koopmeiners – Photo by Icon Sport

Will Reds' midfield rebuild finally be complete?

Liverpool had a busy summer last season too, signing Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai and Wataru Endo permanently, as well as the loan addition of Ryan Gravenberch.

The Reds look unlikely to keep hold of Gravenberch, who is expected to return to Bayern Munich, leaving space to sign a new midfielder.

For a reported fee of €60 million, Liverpool could add yet more quality and depth to their midfield.

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