Liverpool want Atalanta midfielder Ederson instead of his teammate and former Arne Slot pupil Teun Koopmeiners

Atalanta midfielder Ederson will be a summer transfer target for Liverpool over former Arne Slot protégé Teun Koopmeiners. Liverpool scouts rated Koopmeiners, but Ederson caught the eye with his fantastic performances for the Italian club last season.

Atalanta won the Europa League, beating undefeated German side Bayer Leverkusen 0-3 thanks to a tactical masterclass from Gian Piero Gasperini. Ederson had a successful season under Gasperini, training his team with fantastic tactics in an attacking 3-4-2-1 formation.

Ederson and his teammates use heavy one-on-one pressing under Gasperini to regain possession in the middle stages of the game. Once they have possession of the ball, they launch a very direct counter-attack to score goals, with a tactic that constantly utilizes slow transitions.

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS – JUNE 08: Ederson Da Silva #24 of Brazil saves a corner kick in the second half against Mexico during an international friendly match at Kyle Field on June 8, 2024 in College Station, Texas. (Photo: Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Ederson plays as a defensive midfielder, mainly with Koopmeiners, as both play a key role in influencing the game. Last season, Koopmeiners played many matches as an attacking midfielder, which helped him develop his skills even further.

Meanwhile, his Brazilian teammate played a more important role while enjoying more attacking freedom than the typical number six. Ederson showed impressive pass distribution, the ability to dictate the pace and make progressive moves with the ball from the middle.

He makes timely tackles, blocks and interceptions while also enjoying a good aerial duel win rate. However, the 24-year-old struggles with inconsistency at times and is slow, which is a key requirement.

According to Italian publication TuttoJuve, Liverpool want Ederson instead of Koopmeiners, who previously played under Slot. Koopmeiners is also a transfer target for Italian giants Juventus as they look to strengthen their midfield.

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Liverpool have a lot of options in midfield and need Wataru Endo to upgrade to play as a defensive midfielder. While Ederson can play as a defensive midfielder, he fits a profile that is already abundant at Liverpool.