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Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp interested in World Cup starlet Jamal Musiala

Liverpool are interested in a deal to bring Jamal Musiala to Anfield at the end of the current campaign.

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That’s according to a report by The Mirror, who claim that, should Jurgen Klopp miss out on the signing of Borussia Dortmund starlet Jude Bellingham next summer, the German manager will consider launching a bid for the Bayern Munich midfielder as an alternative to the England international.

The report goes on to state that the 19-year-old’s form in the Bundesliga, as well as his impressive displays for Germany at the Qatar World Cup, have caught the eye of the Premier League side, however, the forward-thinking talent is believed to be happy at the Allianz Arena.

“Unreal” Bellingham substitute

While it is undeniable that a player as exciting as Bellingham would represent an unbelievable signing for the Reds, should Klopp fail in his bid to bring the 19-year-old to Anfield next summer, the argument that Musiala would be an unreal substitute for the England sensation is an incredibly easy one to make.

Indeed, over his 14 Bundesliga appearances this season, the £138m-rated talent has been in breathtaking form for Julian Nagelsmann’s side, having already hit the back of the net nine times, provided six assists and created five big chances, as well as taking an average of 2.6 shots – 1.2 of which have been on target, making 1.8 key passes and completing 1.6 dribbles per game.

These returns have seen the £83k-per-week sensation average a simply sensational Sofascore match rating of 7.26, not only ranking him as Bayern’s sixth-best performer in the league but also as the joint 17th-best player in the top flight of German football as a whole.

However, it has not only been at club level that Musiala has impressed, as the player who Ryan Haber dubbed “unreal” and claimed is “up there with Mbappe & Haaland” also turned in a show-stopping performance in Germany’s 1-1 draw with Spain at the Qatar World Cup on Saturday evening.

Indeed, over the course of his 90 minutes on the pitch, the teenager made three key passes – the most of any player from either side – completed five dribbles – once again, the most from any player to feature in the match – created one big chance – with Leroy Sane and Jordi Alba the only other players to do so – and provided the assist for Niclas Füllkrug’s 83rd-minute equaliser.

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Rather understandably, this display earned the “wonderkid” a huge amount of praise from journalists and ex-pros, with Ives Galarcep stating his belief that “Musiala is a baller“, Alan Shearer claiming that Musiala was “Germany’s best player” who had “given them something different” and Sahil Bakshi stating that “Spain just don’t know how to deal with Musiala“.

As such, it is easy to see why Klopp would be interested in a move for Musiala should he fail to land Bellingham next summer, as the German sensation is very much up there with the Dortmund star as one of the most exciting prospects in world football at present.