Fabrizio Romano says Liverpool are in the hunt for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria.
Zakaria has been linked with a move to Anfield in January with the Bundesliga outfit considering selling him for cash before losing him for free in the summer when his contract expires.
Romano has taken to social media and claimed that Liverpool are involved in the race for the Swiss international, having asked for information from his new agent Hasan Cetinkaya.
In full, he said: “Denis Zakaria has received many approaches in the last weeks, out of contract in 2022. He recently changed his agent – Bayern have joined the race, also Liverpool asked for information since he’s with Hasan Cetinkaya.”
Zakaria has been in good form for Gladbach so far this season, making 12 appearances in the Bundesliga and scoring twice, while registering an assist too. According to WhoScored, he is the second-highest-rated player at the club so far this season for players with three or more appearances, with an average rating of 6.99.
The 25-year-old’s high energy style would fit right in at Anfield, with a great passing range and good ability to dribble forward part of his wide skillset too. He has averaged 1.6 successful dribbles so far this season from central midfield, while he boasts a successful pass completion rate of 89.2%. That tally would place him second in the Liverpool squad, only behind Virgil van Dijk for players to start more than four times this term.
With Jordan Henderson and Thiago entering their 30’s and Naby Keita’s consistent fitness issues, central midfield is a position that Klopp could look to strengthen in the upcoming transfer window and the Swiss dynamo seems to fit the bill.
Zakaria being available on a free transfer at the end of the season is certainly attractive to top clubs too, but in order to get an advantage in the race they could look to make a cut-price offer in January for the £24.3m-rated star.
Thus, Reds fans will surely be buzzing by the proposition of his arrival, with some claiming he would be excellent for rotating with Fabinho in the holding role while others also think he could cover for Henderson and Thiago in the more advanced roles.
After all, if signing a player compared to Zinedine Zidane and Michel Platini won’t get you excited, nothing will.
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