LIVERPOOL – Newly installed Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp could make a move for Sassuolo striker Domenico Berardi, claims Calciomercato.
Liverpool announced the appointment of Klopp as the club’s new manager on Friday and reports in England are already claiming that the former Borussia Dortmund boss is looking to revamp the current squad.
It is understood that Berardi is the man the German wants to be his first signing at Liverpool, as he seeks to put his own stamp on the English Premier League side.
The 21-year-old was a target of Klopp during his time at Borussia Dortmund, but he was blocked from making any approach for the Italian forward because he was co-owned by Italian champions Juventus.
However, with the player now fully contracted to Sassuolo, the way is now clear for Klopp to go back for him and bring him to Liverpool.
Berardi, who can also play on the right, scored 15 goals and had 10 assists during the Italian Serie A campaign last season for Sassuolo, according to Whoscored.com.
Whoscored.com has also revealed that the attacking youngster has so far netted 32 goals and 18 assists from 68 appearances with Sassuolo, which are very impressive stats.
It is unlikely Klopp will attempt to sign this target in the January transfer window, given the amount of attacking options he already has at his disposal.
The likes of Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Danny Ings are just some of the names currently on the budget at Anfield.
Liverpool are currently sitting 10th in the English Premier League table standings with 12 points from its opening eight games.
The Reds are six points behind leaders Manchester City and are three points outside the top four.
Winning the league this season is not a target for the Liverpool owners, but the hierarchy wants to see the side back in the Champions League again next year.
Last season Brendan Rodgers side failed to make it out of the group stages and was also dumped out of the Europa League.