Liverpool 'hijack' Teun Koopmeiners deal after Reds legend transfer advice

Atalanta midfielder Teun Koopmeiners.
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With Arne Slot now accustomed to the media after his 25-minute back-and-forth on Friday, the focus now turns to getting players back in for pre-season and getting to work. The new dawn has been upon Liverpool since Slot was confirmed as Jurgen Klopp's successor in the immediate aftermath of the curtain closing on the German's successful tenure at Anfield.

What comes next will be determined on the pitch but as the Dutchman settles he will be dreaming of seeing accolades he helped achieve line up at Anfield and outside of his office at the AXA Training Centre. Liverpool's pre-season preparations got underway this week with the youngsters and loanees returning before Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones and co. were put through their paces on Friday.

In the early stages of Slot's tenure, Liverpool supporters will have his beaming smile plastered in their memory but for the transfer-obsessed masses, who comes in and who departs will dominate the conversation. Both Slot and Richard Hughes - the club's new sporting director - offered a peak behind the curtain but quickly dashed the opportunity for any prying eyes to get a closer look during Friday's press encounter.

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The European Championships will be whittled down to four while the Copa America enters its dying embers but the Reds remain heavily involved. So, with that being said, the ECHO has rounded up the latest Liverpool news and transfer gossip.

Lutsharel Geertruida could make Liverpool plunge

Liverpool icon Dirk Kuyt believes the Reds could benefit from raiding Slot's former club Feyenoord for Lutscharel Geertruida.

The Reds may be in for a full-back this summer, although it remains to be seen, as Trent Alexander-Arnold faces discussions over his role at right-back. The academy graduate has transitioned into an inverted full-back which has seen him drift into midfield, while England manager Gareth Southgate tinkered with him at central midfield.

Slot knows Geertruida well from their time at De Kuip, while Virgil van Dijk and Cody Gakpo will have a first-hand idea of his qualities from their time at Holland.

Kuyt told Ladbrokes: "I think Liverpool could do with strengthening in defence, and in midfield. But a lot will depend on who will be leaving the club, because then you can see exactly what you need to bring in.

"That being said, if not many players leave this summer, I don't think Arne [Slot] will change too much. If he's going to buy, he'll know what this team needs, and I'm sure he'll only bring in something the team doesn't already have.

"The level from Holland to England is at least two steps higher, so it's not easy to make that move. So when you're talking about Feyenoord players joining Arne at Liverpool, I think Lutsharel Geertruida is the one, really, who would be able to make that move.

"Lutsharel is someone I'd love to see playing in the Premier League; I really think he'd fit into English football. He has great stamina, he's great on the ball, he's physically strong... he's capable of making the step up to the Premier League.

"I'm asked a lot about players who I think are good enough to step up to the level of Liverpool, or the Premier League in general, from Holland, and Lutsharel is definitely one of them. Hopefully he has the chance, one day, to play in the Premier League - and hopefully that's in a Liverpool shirt."

There have been some good additions from the Eredivisie and equally some questionable ones. The likes of Lisandro Martinez came to England with uncertainty surrounding their capabilities but the Manchester United defender soon proved doubters wrong.

Kuyt himself was a Dutch import and still has a legacy to this day. Every transfer is a risk, there's no question, but Liverpool have to be shrewd in the window. The likelihood is that it will be even tougher than ever, when Michael Edwards was at the helm, it was clear the Manchester United's plan was scattergun and Manchester City were the team with the money to attract. Now, it is different with teams not only enjoying their riches but following a structure that has proven fruitful for so many teams.

If Kuyt believes Geertruida is a good addition, then so be it.

Liverpool 'in pole' to land midfielder in Juventus hijack

Liverpool are reportedly in pole position for Atalanta midfielder Teun Koopmeiners.

According to a report from Gazzetta dello Sport, the Reds are plotting to hijack Juventus' deal for the Holland international. It has been said a deal has already been struck between the Bergamo club and Thiago Motta's Juve.

However, the Italian outlet has disputed claims and suggests that Liverpool are leading the race to sign the Europa League-winner and Atalanta have put the deal on hold as they look to avoid selling to a direct rival.

A deal, should it be struck, could see Koopmeiners leave for a fee in the region of £55million.

Liverpool signing a player approaching his prime would be a good piece of business but question marks will linger over whether he fits the mould and criteria of what the football club are looking for.

The midfield became a depleted area of the pitch last season, following injuries to Stefan Bajcetic and Thiago Alcantara, but they could do with strengthening the department and adding a linchpin in front of the defence.