Liverpool are currently in the midst of an injury crisis, particularly in the midfield area of their squad.
The Reds are without Thiago Alcantara, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Curtis Jones and Naby Keita, with the latter even potentially facing the exit door in the not too distant future amid uncertainty surrounding his contract.
This has led to Jurgen Klopp explaining that the club will look to bring a new midfielder in before the summer transfer window ends to help ease the burden these injury issues have caused.
One player that has been linked with a move to Anfield that could help soothe the predicament the Merseyside club find themselves in is RB Leipzig’s Konrad Laimer.
According to German media outlet Kicker (via Liverpool Echo), the Reds are interested in signing the midfielder, who could be available for a fee of £25m.
While the club are clearly not of a mind to be getting rid of any of their midfielders this summer, Laimer’s potential arrival could help the Reds push Keita out of Anfield in the near future.
Since then, Laimer has found the net 11 times and supplied 18 assists for the German club in 164 appearances across all competitions.
To give further insight into what sort of player he is, Adi Hutter had this to say about the Austria international.
“He is incredibly aggressive on the ball, challenges opponents very hard and brings established professionals to the ground. He knows exactly what he wants.”
Looking at the midfield duo’s previous domestic campaigns, the Leipzig star not only delivered four more goal contributions than the Liverpool figure, but he also racked up a higher percentage of shots on target (43.8% vs 26.9%) as well as more tackles in the midfield third of the pitch (22 vs 19).
Crucially for Klopp’s well-drilled system, Laimer is also more successful when hounding the opposition, making 9.71 successful pressures per 90 last season compared to Keita’s 8.23. With that in mind, it’s hardly a surprise that Julian Nagelsmann once dubbed him a ‘Monsterballeroberungsmaschine‘, which in English means “a monster, ball winning machine.”
With Keita having such a substantial injury record, the club may well be keen on getting rid of him soon, with some of his displays in the Red of Liverpool even being branded as “awful” by editor Ollie Connolly.
If the Merseyside club were able to bring the Leipzig figure in first, this could make it an easier decision for them to move the £120k-per-week Guinea international out further down the line.