The focus for Liverpool will firmly and unshakably be on the forthcoming Champions League final in little under a fortnight’s time.

Liverpool go up against 12 times and reigning European champions Real Madrid in Kiev on May 26, looking to seal a sixth crown for themselves.

But manager Jurgen Klopp will also have the fact the transfer window opens early next month.

And Liverpool could find themselves bargaining from a position of power as European champions when they sit down at the negotiating table this summer.

Here Paul Gorst takes a look at five players who Liverpool could be interested in this summer that won’t otherwise be involved in the Champions League.

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

Julian Brandt of Germany heads the ball during the Men’s Football Semi Final between Nigeria and Germany on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Arena Corinthians on August 17, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil
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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


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Ambitious? Perhaps.

But Liverpool could enter discussions in this summer’s transfer window as European champions, and if not, most certainly a re-emerging force on the continent, so 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 have had another season to forget in Serie A. They current sit sixth in the division, but can’t go any higher ahead of the final weekend of the campaign.

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 takes on Andy Robertson
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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 (Nice) – midfield

Nice's Ivorian midfielder Jean Michael Seri celebrates after scoring a goalduring the French L1 football match vs Toulouse (TFC)
Nice’s Ivorian midfielder Jean Michael Seri celebrates after scoring a goalduring the French L1 football match vs Toulouse (TFC)
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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 has made 45 appearances in total this term and is a key member of Lucien Favre’s side in Ligue 1.

With Emre Can likely to leave this summer on a free transfer, Klopp may be in the market for another midfielder not named Naby Keita – and the 26-year-old Seri might fit the bill.

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