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Koopmeiners update hands Arne Slot first Liverpool transfer opportunity

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Liverpool have been tipped to search for a new midfielder under Arne Slot and Atalanta star Teun Koopmeiners has been one name persistently linked in recent weeks.

The 26-year-old played 52 times under Slot at former club AZ Alkmaar and enjoyed a fruitful output of 21 goals and seven assists. Furthermore, Koopmeiners was his captain and was used as both a central midfielder and a defensive pivot.

He has predominantly been used as an attacking midfielder at Atalanta over the past year but has operated as a defensive midfielder in 47 of his 129 appearances for the Italian club since his 2021 arrival.

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Koopmeiners was an integral part in Atalanta lifting the Europa League this season, and was looking forward to a summer in Germany representing the Netherlands at the European Championships.

However, he will now miss the finals after pulling up injured ahead of his country’s 4-0 friendly win over Iceland on Monday. Although in the squad for the last edition, Koopmeiners is yet to feature in a Euros game and so his injury will come with added frustration.

It does open a bigger window, though, for Liverpool to approach the player over a potential deal. The midfielder still has three years on his deal but told Atalanta earlier this year that he wishes to leave this summer.

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