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Liverpool can take full advantage of Champions League qualification in the summer transfer window
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The World Cup might be at the forefront at most minds right now, but for Liverpool, the 2018/19 domestic campaign remains of utmost importance.

A tilt at the Premier League title and a second successive Champions League campaign awaits.

Liverpool proved last year the pull Europe’s top competition, and have already shown it against with the capture of Fabinho this summer.

Jurgen Klopp high fives some fans
Jurgen Klopp high fives some fans
(Image: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

It makes them an attractive proposition to prospective suitors.

Especially those who won’t currently be able to take part in Europe’s premier competition next term.

Here are five players who won’t be involved in the Champions League next season who could help improve Klopp’s squad.

Wissam Ben Yedder (Sevilla), forward

Sevilla's Wissam Ben Yedder celebrates after scoring his side's first goal against Liverpool
Sevilla’s Wissam Ben Yedder celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal against Liverpool
(Image: AP Photo/Miguel Morenatti)

Ben Yedder scored an impressive eight goals in the Champions League this season for Sevilla, including three against the Reds in the group stages.

The Frenchman opened the scoring inside the first five minutes at Anfield in September before netting another two in the 3-3 draw in Spain.

Ben Yedder was the scourge of Manchester United too, as he netted a double at Old Trafford to knock Jose Mourinho’s side out of Europe’s premier competition.

His eight goals in Europe sees him level with Roma talisman Edin Dzeko and ahead of the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Harry Kane.

Could be the ideal solution to play as a back-up to the current front three of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino?

Julian Brandt (Leverkusen), winger

Leverkusen’s midfielder Julian Brandt jumps for a ball

A player who has previously attracted Liverpool’s interest is Leverkusen’s Julian Brandt.

Brandt was being monitored by Jurgen Klopp back in January 2017 before attention shifted elsewhere, but the Reds manager is a fan of the 22-year-old winger.

The versatile Brandt is capable of operating in the wide areas and could play a part in the World Cup after being selected for Germany’s provisional 27-man squad this week.

Brandt signed a new contract with Leverkusen back in April last year, but with Bayer finishing sixth in the Bundesliga, perhaps the Germany international sees his future elsewhere?

Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan), goalkeeper

Gianluigi Donnarumma of AC Milan
Gianluigi Donnarumma of AC Milan
(Image: Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Ambitious? Perhaps. but why not aim high?

AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has established himself as one of the most highly-rated shot-stoppers in world football during his three years in the Rossoneri’s first team.

Milan had another season to forget in Serie A. They finished sixth in the division

Donnarumma is ear marked as the long-term successor to the legendary Gigi Buffon in Italy’s goal and has been regularly linked to Real Madrid.

Pepe Reina’s signing for Milan could also hasten the exit for Donnarumma, who is represented by super-agent Mino Raiola.

However, goalkeeper is a position that still divides Reds fans, with some believing a top-class shot-stopper must be brought in this summer.

Still just 19, Donnarumma could be first-choice for the next decade.

It would be a huge statement.

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester), winger

Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City celebrates after scoring to make it 2-0 during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Watford at The King Power Stadium on Jnuary 20th, 2018 in Leicester, United Kingdom (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

A Premier League star who won’t currently be lighting up the Champions League next season is Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez.

The Algerian winger was briefly mentioned in connection with the Reds when Philippe Coutinho’s Barcelona move was confirmed, but the interest was never concrete from Anfield.

Should it be this summer though?

The gifted wideman is arguably one of English football’s most exciting talents when on form and he was instrumental in Leicester’s unbelievable charge to the Premier League title just two years ago.

Manchester City interest could be a problem however, but there is no doubt Mahrez would be a superb addition to a frontline already drenched with pace and skill.

Jean Michael Seri

Jean Michael Seri in action for Nice in France’s Ligue 1

Athletic Ivory Coast international Seri was reportedly a target for Barcelona last season before he eventually stayed put at Nice in France.

Seri is capable of filling a number of slots in midfield and can act as an attacking force and a defensive destroyer in the engine room.

Seri made 45 appearances in total last term and was a key member of Lucien Favre’s side in Ligue 1.

With Emre Can gone and a deal for Nabil Fekir collapsed, Klopp may be in the market for another midfielder – and the 26-year-old Seri might fit the bill.

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