Liverpool have a savvy trick when it comes to the transfer market.

Reds boss, Jurgen Klopp, has previously signed players from freshly relegated sides, and had some success out of it.

They may not be the most glamorous, headline-stealing or shirt-selling, but these are players that now seem invaluable to the squad - players that have made Liverpool champions-elect. 

Andy Robertson was signed from Hull two months after they were related from the Premier League in 2017 and is now one of the best left-backs in the world and near-undroppable. 

Georginio Wijnaldum also joined shortly after Newcastle went down. He has featured in every Premier League match so far this season – even grabbing himself a spot on the Balon d’Or shortlist. 

And Xherdan Shaqiri was signed from relegated Stoke City in 2018 and the Swiss international is now a valuable squad player who can deputise when needs be. 

So, which players could Klopp target this season to repeat the trick?

Todd Cantwell

The Athletic reported last month that Liverpool have stepped up their pursuit of Todd Cantwell, and the 22-year-old midfielder would fit the mould perfectly as Norwich City remain favourites for the drop. 

While the Canaries have struggled in the Premier league, Cantwell has excelled. He has become the kind of all action, versatile midfield that Klopp values, grabbing six goals this season too.

The 22-year-old has turned heads and could provide a like-for-like replacement for the outgoing Adam Lallana.

Norwich are said to value their man at around £30m, a little more than the £25m Klopp forked out for Georginio Wijnaldum four years ago – and what a bargain that looks like now.

John McGinn

Another midfielder who has shone in a struggling team. John McGinn has impressed for both club and country this season, turning heads with a series of fine performances in the first half of the season. 

One of those performances was in Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over Villa, where McGinn’s tireless display earned praise from Reds fans as he caused constant problems for the Liverpool midfield.

With Naby Keita in and out with injury, and Lallana heading for the exit, McGinn could slot into the squad perfectly. His work rate, passing accuracy and talent in both defence and attack certainly draw comparisons with the likes of Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson. 

The 25-year-old is valued at around £20m but that price could be driven up if a bidding war commences. If Villa go down then expect other clubs to take interest in the Scottish midfielder. 

Nathan Ake 

Bournemouth are in trouble, there’s no doubt about that. But Nathan Ake has been a diamond in the rough for the Cherries in recent years and his time out this season through injury is no doubt a major reason behind their struggles.

With Dejan Lovren linked with an Anfield exit, Liverpool could be in the market for a centre-back, and they could do much worse than bringing in Dutchman Ake to play alongside countryman Virgil van Dyke.

Former Chelsea man Ake signed for Bournemouth in 2017 for a club record £20m and has consistently proven himself as one of the Premier League’s best at the back. 

And that comes at a price. Bournemouth will not let Ake go cheap, and the Reds can expect huge competition should the Cherries go down because Ake is a Premier League calibre player and will generate plenty of interest.

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Linked with big money moves to Paris Saint-Germain in the past, Doucoure has stuck around at Watford and shown himself up as one of the league’s best defensive midfielders with a creative spark and eye for goal.

Another who could provide a more reliable option than Naby Keita and deputy to Fabinho, Doucoure would not look out of place in Klopp’s engine room.