Liverpool have joined the chase for RB Leipzig’s Austrian midfielder, Konrad Laimer.
That is according to the latest reports from Inside Futbol, via German outlet Kicker, who claim that Klopp’s side are “interested” in the 24-year-old and have now joined the race with Manchester United.
The Austrian has attracted the attention of a number of clubs across Europe with his positive performances in the Leipzig engine room.
Which has prompted the interest of Bayern Munich, Manchester United and now Liverpool, who are said to be “looking” at the Austrian.
The £23.4m-rated “talent” as described by Journalist Constantin Eckner is just what Liverpool need in their midfield arsenal, bearing in mind the likes of Jordan Henderson and Thiago (both 31) are approaching precarious ages in which they will soon require more frequent rotation.
Having progressed through the Red Bull set-up after beginning his career at RB Salzburg, the Austrian dubbed “sensational” by host of LiveScore Jack Collins has been a key component for Domenico Tedesco’s side after overcoming an ankle fracture that saw him miss almost the entirety of the Bundesliga campaign last season.
His four goals and four assists in the league have made him a valuable asset for Tedesco, with his defensive acumen another one of the attributes that make him comparable to Jude Bellingham, who Liverpool have also been linked to recently.
With Liverpool’s beautiful balance of possession football and directness, through ball passes are always welcome in Klopp’s system and Laimer can offer just that, with his 0.26 through balls per 90 placing him in the elite category amongst positionally similar players, whilst Bellingham is around that mark with 0.21.
With 19 attacking returns (six goals, 13 assists) from 40 appearances this season in comparison to Laimer’s 11 returns (five goals and six assists), Bellingham ranks slightly better as a creative threat this season.
Though Laimer makes up for this with significantly higher stats in the defensive side of his game.