Why Liverpool should give up reported pursuit of this top German talent
COMMENT By Russell Edge
Liverpool should abandon their pursuit of German midfielder Julian Brandt with the midfielder demanding consistent first-team football as a condition of the move.
The Sun has linked the Reds with a £25m deal for the 20-year-old but the German starlet is reportedly having doubts over playing regular football under Klopp, and wants assurances on his playing time before agreeing any deal to leave Bayer Leverkusen.
Brandt, who can operate on the left wing or through the middle, has made 36 appearances for Bayer Leverkusen this season, scoring three goals, as well as appearing twice for his country, and has been tipped as one of Germany’s brightest starlets.
However Jurgen Klopp should look elsewhere to improve his squad, with first-team football no guarantee for a youngster who has barely begun his career. Especially among the current talent at Anfield.
While Brandt might be a future star, he is likely to find playing time at a premium at Anfield, and his reservations are understandable when you look at the current Liverpool side.
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Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana, Phillipe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum – Klopp has a rich array of attacking talent in his squad, and it’s difficult to see the 20-year-old getting much playing time ahead of these more established stars.
Yes, European football is on the horizon for the Reds next season, but unless Klopp is willing to let one or two of those currently at Anfield depart, Brandt would have to make do with a rotation role; something he has made clear he is not willing to do.
Having confidence in your own ability is no bad thing as a footballer, but Liverpool want to take their football onto the highest stage next season, and Brandt hasn’t really served his time – or made the sort of impact that would make his demands more reasonable.
Unless Klopp can convince Brandt to have a little patience at Anfield, he should take his £25m elsewhere, as he looks to build a squad full of depth in quality.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the club are set to swoop for a Premier League defender in an £8m deal.