By Matt Bullin
Liverpool fans have taken to Twitter to urge their club to sign Schalke ace Leon Goretzka.
The Anfield faithful’s messages came after Sportbild reported that the Reds were ready to rival Manchester City and Arsenal in the race for the 22-year-old central midfielder.
It was said that both City and Liverpool had both tabled an interest in Goretzka after being impressed by his recent displays.
The report claimed the German international has not travelled with Schalke’s pre-season touring party, as he recovers from his exertions in his nation’s Confederations Cup campaign.
Sportbild also stated the 22-year-old is refusing to sign a new contract with Schalke, but manager Domenico Tedesco does not want to lose him.
Goretzka was one of his club’s top performers last term, scoring eight goals in 41 league and cup games, as well as supplying six assists.
The Anfield faithful were excited by the report which linked their club to the playmaker and they took to Twitter to show it.
Here is a selection of the best messages on Twitter.
Leon Goretzka is a better player than Naby Keita so I'm glad Liverpool are linked with him. He'd come at a more reasonable price, too. #LFC
— Liam Bekker (@LiamBekker) July 20, 2017
IMO we should just move on I would love to see goretzka https://t.co/3zk6Gh7TXK
— Jonte LFC (@jontelfc86) July 20, 2017
Leon Goretzka is honestly a very good shout in terms of alternatives to Naby Keita.
— Mike (@MikeMongie) July 20, 2017
Would prefer Goretzka as he's considerably much younger but, blaise would be more ideal due to champions league experience.
— – (@_Lfc8_) July 20, 2017
😳 imagine. Leon Goretzka too hopefully
— Andy (@Andy_LFC93) July 20, 2017
Goretzka would be my alternative defo will start for Germany in WC. Haven't watched him much but he is deffo rated highly.
— 🇳🇱 (@LFCMerchant) July 20, 2017
— Darth Scouse Git (@DarthScouseGit) July 20, 2017
Goretzka joined Schalke from VfL Bochum in the summer of 2013 for £2.5million, and he has since made 118 appearances across all competitions, which have yielded 15 goals and 12 assists.
He has been capped by Germany on nine occasions, and he has bagged three goals on the international stage.
In other Liverpool transfer news, their midfielder is likely to face a summer exit.