Liverpool target Christoph Baumgartner dropped a transfer hint regarding a potential switch to Anfield this summer.
In a recent interview with German publication SportBild (via Sport Witness), the TSG 1899 Hoffenheim attacking midfielder suggested that, despite being linked with a move to Jurgen Klopp’s side in the summer transfer window, he has no intention of leaving the Bundesliga team in the near future.
The report went on to state that, even if the 21-year-old was keen on a move to the Premier League this summer, it would take an enormous offer for Sebastian Hoeneß to sanction the attacking midfielder’s sale.
When questioned about his future, Baumgartner said: “I definitely extended my contract in March with the intention of playing here next season. I see the best opportunity here to develop myself further. For me, that means continuous performance at a high level, with even more upward strides.”
Considering how much potential Baumgartner appears to possess, if the midfielder is indeed unmoved by the idea of a move to Liverpool this summer, it is an outcome that will undoubtedly leave Klopp gutted.
Indeed, over his 31 Bundesliga appearances for Hoffenheim last season, the 21-year-old scored six goals, registered three assists and created seven big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of two shots and making 1.1 key passes per game.
As a result of his impressive campaign in the Bundesliga, Baumgartner earned himself a place in Franco Foda’s Austria squad for Euro 2020, where the midfielder proved a key part of the country’s run to the round of 16, scoring one goal and featuring in all four fixtures.
So, at just 21 years of age, the man Alexander Rosen dubbed a “dangerous” player would appear to be someone with an extremely bright future in the game, however, if the £8.4k-per-week midfielder’s latest comments are anything to go by, this future does not appear to be at Anfield.