Klopp is using a tried and tested summer transfer for Liverpool

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Jurgen Klopp will use a familiar blueprint as he looks to strengthen his Liverpool squad in the summer transfer window, according to reports.

The Reds are clearly in need of reinforcements, with their defence of the Premier League title in tatters and the squad left threadbare by numerous injuries this season.

Liverpool have had great success in recent summers by raiding clubs relegated from the top-flight to snap up stars for reasonable fees.

Anfield chiefs signed Gini Wijnaldum from Newcastle in 2016, Andy Robertson from Hull City in 2017 and Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City in 2018, with the trio costing a combined total of £46million.

Though they were relegated with their previous clubs, £25million midfielder Wijnaldum and £8million left-back Robertson were two of the most important players in the Liverpool squad which won the Champions League in 2019 and the Premier League last season.

Although he is not quite so vital to Klopp Liverpool’s side, Shaqiri has also proved a reliable performer on the wing since his £13million arrival from Stoke.

The German manager is keen to continue his fine record of signing relegated players and has identified Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge as his next target, claims Belgian outlet Voetbal24.

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The Blades appear certain to be playing Championship football next season, as they are rock bottom of the Premier League and 14 points adrift of safety with nine games remaining.

Berge is believed to be available for €30million (£26m) this summer, with Sheffield United looking to make a small profit on the player they signed from Genk for £22million – then a club-record fee – in January 2020.

The 23-year-old Norway international was a mainstay in the Blades’ starting XI before he suffered a hamstring injury in December and was subsequently ruled out for four months after surgery.

With Wijnaldum looking increasingly likely to leave Anfield at the expiry of his contract this summer, Berge would provide Liverpool with much-needed energy and bite in midfield.

He could also be the man to continue the Reds’ fine record of signing relegated players and turning their careers around.

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