Liverpool plan shock transfer bid for Sheff Utd ace Sander Berge to solve midfield crisis but must meet £35m buy-out fee | The Sun

LIVERPOOL are reportedly planning a shock transfer swoop on Sheffield United star Sander Berge to solve their deepening midfield crisis.

The Reds currently have a depleted midfield due to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Thiago, Curtis Jones, and Naby Keita all being out injured.

Chamberlain picked up a hamstring injury in Liverpool's pre-season game against Crystal Palace and could be out until October.

Thiago suffered the same fate as Chamberlain in the Reds' season opener against Fulham, and has been ruled out of action for six weeks.

This has left the Reds with a gaping hole in their midfield that needs to be filled after club boss Jurgen Klopp focused on strengthening other areas of the pitch this summer.

He signed two forwards – Fabio Carvalho and club record buy Darwin Nunez – along with right-back Calvin Ramsay.

But the Reds have now set sights on the Blades' midfield dynamo Berge who's scored two -and provided one assist in six Championship games this season, the Yorkshire Post reported.

Although the Reds will have to fork out £35m to meet the Norwegian's release clause fee, the report added.

However, the Reds need to move fast if they want to sign Berge with the transfer deadline edging closer.

The Reds' dire need for more squad depth has been evident during their stuttering start to the season that's seen them win just one out of four games.

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But Jurgen Klopp's side redeemed themselves with a 9-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.

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