With elite football in the UK and across Europe shut down, fans are naturally looking towards the summer and what the future may bring.

Liverpool have dominated the 2019/20 season so far and had amassed a 25-point lead over Manchester City before the league was paused.

With no more cups to fight for, the Reds can focus on bringing home the title wile also considering any new faces they may want to bring in during what is sure to be one of the strangest summer transfer windows ever.

So, with that in mind here’s a look at five young players Liverpool could be keeping their eye on across Europe ahead of next season.

Ibrahima Konaté

Virgil van Dijk has established himself as arguably the best centre-back in world football while Joe Gomez has been outstanding alongside him this season and Joel Matip has impressed during his limited time on the pitch as has Dejan Lovren.

The Reds are well stocked in the heart of defence right now but there is a question mark over Lovren's future at the club so Liverpool could decide to look abroad to bring in someone like Ibrahima Konaté as an option for the future while also keeping their defensive cover options bolstered.

While much of the hype in the RB Leipzig defence has been for Dayot Upamecano, Konaté has shown great promise in his cameos in the starting team. The Frenchman, who turns 21 in May, still has a long way to go in his development and could be available for significantly less than Upamecano.

At 6ft 4in, he is already an imposing presence on the field and is someone Jurgen Klopp could mould into the next big thing. Under the German, Liverpool players don’t just fill one role and Konaté has already shown a willingness to carry the ball forward from defence, though his passing does need some work.

Boubakary Soumaré

Lille's Boubakary Soumare during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Lille OSC and Valencia CF

At this point, Boubakary Soumaré is a name that is likely familiar to Liverpool fans keeping up to date with the latest transfer rumours. The Lille midfielder has been linked with a move to Anfield for some time, with recent reports suggesting he is already negotiating with the Reds.

Inevitably, the young Frenchman has been dubbed “the next Paul Pogba” by some analysts, more of a nod to his ability on the pitch rather than the distractions that, rightly or wrongly, surround him off it.

Jordan Henderson’s recent absence after the winter break highlighted the fact Liverpool’s options in the middle of the park may not be quite as deep as once thought and so it makes sense that the Reds could target a new face.

Despite a dip in form this season, Soumaré has been linked with a number of top clubs such as Barcelona, Chelsea and Real Madrid as the 21-year-old still holds the potential to be a top player in the right circumstances.

Jonathan David

Another player linked with a move to Merseyside is Gent star Jonathan David, who has enjoyed a stellar season with the Belgian side, scoring 21 goals and bagging a further eight assists in 34 appearances so far in the campaign.

Along with Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies, David is one of the new generation of Canadian players who have shown tremendous versatility to go along with their talent, as he is comfortable playing up front as a striker or further back as an attacking midfielder.

According to reports from Belgium, Liverpool sent scouts to watch David during Gent’s recent 1-1 draw with Roma in the Europa League and though the Belgian side were eliminated, it was David who scored their only goal of the game.

At just 20 years of age, David already has 11 goals in 12 games at international level, with his eight goals in 2019 a Canadian record and is hoping he can achieve similar heights in one of Europe’s top leagues.

Fábio Silva

Like David, Liverpool have also reportedly been scouting Porto forward Fábio Silva this season as they continue to recruit the best young talent from around Europe.

The 17-year-old has been limited mainly to substitute appearances in the current campaign but is already earning comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring 33 goals in 39 games for Porto’s youth team last season, leading them to the Portuguese U19 and Uefa Youth League titles.

The youngster has a buyout clause of €125million (£115.2million), reportedly the largest in Portuguese football history as he is regarded as one of the hottest talents in the world but Liverpool may have a secret that can convince him to join.

The Reds’ new elite development coach, Vitor Matos, arrived at the club from Porto last October and is no doubt aware of the immense potential Silva possesses. If he can lean on his relationship with the youngster and convince him to head to Anfield, it would be quite the coup.

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Victor Osimhen

Liverpool are also believed to be keeping tabs on Soumaré’s Lille teammate Victor Osimhen, with a move this summer potentially on the cards.

The youngster was signed to replace Nicolas Pépé after the Ivorian joined Arsenal last year and has impressed for the French side, finding the net 13 times in his 27 league appearances.

Capable of playing off either foot, the Nigerian forward has also earned comparisons to Chelsea legend Didier Drogba because of his impressive 6ft 1in frame, which he can use to bully defenders, as well as his turn of pace.

Reports from France suggest the 21-year-old could cost up to £90million, which could be a stumbling block for Liverpool as any new arrivals to their forward line would have to wait their turn behind the established trio up top.