Midfielder pursued by Liverpool in January close to transfer, deal to be done in weeks - reports
By Danny Wright
Liverpool will miss out on signing midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud as he is expected to join Borussia Dortmund, according to a report.
Bild claim the emerging talent will leave Borussia Monchengladbach to join Jurgen Klopp’s former club in the coming weeks.
The Express claim Klopp’s side were ready to make a deadline day move for Dahoud in the January transfer window although a deal did not materialise.
It now appears that Dahoud, who was born in Syria but has made six appearances for the Germany Under-21 side, could have agreed to remain in Germany
The former Fortuna Dusseldorf youth has made 25 appearances for the Monchengladbach first team this season in all competitions.
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Despite only scoring one goal and getting three assists so far this term, the 21-year-old provided a lot more to his side last season as he helped Monchengladbach to a fourth-place finish in a highly competitive Bundesliga.
Dahoud scored five goals and bagged nine assists from the centre of midfield.
He played 90 minutes at the Etihad Stadium this season when his side lost 4-0 to Manchester City in the Champions League, and given his age Dahoud has a lot of European experience, appearing in 14 games across the continent’s top competitions.
Football Insider Verdict
Klopp knows the Bundesliga well and it is highly likely that he knew about Dahoud from his days back at Dortmund. Liverpool need some new midfielders and fresh, exciting talent is what Klopp wants for his club. Dahoud has a lot of potential and has shown it in a Monchengladbach side that has risen up the standings in Germany in the past few seasons with the Germany Under-21 international playing a key part in that. There are not many superstars in their side as they are poached by big clubs every season and Dahoud is the latest. It’s probably a fair comparison to say that Die Borussen are the Southampton of Germany. Liverpool will now have to look elsewhere for recruits that Klopp is bound to want in the summer.
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