The Merseyside giants have set their sights on Alkmaar midfielder Teun Koopmeiners as the long-term replacement for soon-to-be free agent Georginio Wijnaldum. Liverpool are preparing for life after the 30-year-old playmaker who is in the final few months of his deal with Anfield.
With negotiations over a new contract not progressing as planned and Gini seemingly headed to a possible transfer to Barcelona, the Reds are scouring the market for a replacement. Rodrigo De Paul of Udinese as well as Sheffield United’s Sander Berge have been touted as the candidates to replace Wijnaldum at Liverpool.
Now, another name has been thrown into the hat in the form of the 23-year-old midfielder. Teun rose through the academy at Alkmaar and made his breakthrough into the senior team in 2017. Since then, he has gone on to rack up 147 games for the club, in which he has 43 goals and 17 assists, despite largely playing as a defensive midfielder.
Elevated to the club captain status, the Dutch midfielder made his debut for the Netherlands national team in October last year and has enjoyed a fine 2020/21 season at club level, posting amazing numbers of 17 goals and 7 assists from 37 games across all tournaments.
Teun’s growth in the Dutch Eredivisie seems to have put him on the radars of the Reds, who are now looking to swoop for him as a long-term replacement for Gini. The Dutchman is contracted with Alkmaar till the summer of 2023 but an opportunity to make the step up to the PL could prove to be a change too good turn down.