Jurgen Klopp has all but said that Liverpool will not make any more signings during this window.
Takumi Minamino joined from RB Salzburg, whilst Joe Hardy also came in from Brentford. However, with the Reds in the midst of a potentially monumental campaign – they are on track to win a first Premier League title in 30 years, and are also still in the Champions League and the F.A Cup – the 52-year-old may not want to disrupt his team’s morale.
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However, in the summer, he may want to add to his squad in order to progress. Kylian Mbappe and Jadon Sancho have already been linked with a move to Anfield, as has Kai Havertz. In December, the Reds were said to have held talks with the 20-year-old’s representative, and recent reports from the German media (via Mundo Deportivo) suggest that Liverpool are willing to make a club-record bid for him.
Last season, the Germany international was in stunning form, managing 17 goals and four assists in 34 Bundesliga games from midfield. This term, he has just two and one respectively in 14 games, but the winter break may have rejuvenated him. This weekend, Bayer Leverkusen face SC Paderborn in their first match of the year and, although the Reds are playing Manchester United at the same time, it is definitely a match the club’s supporters should keep an eye on, or even watch later on.
Leverkusen’s opponents have been the worst side in the division so far this term. They sit at the bottom of the table, and have conceded 36 goals. Only two teams have shipped more to date. They have also faced 15 shots per match, the fifth worse in the league, whilst Die Werkself, with 15.8 shots per game, have been amongst the most threatening.
Last time out, Havertz’s output increased after the break in Germany. He scored six times in his first 17 matches, and almost doubled that by putting away 11 in 17 after December. Clearly, he felt rejuvenated after being able to take a long break, which did wonders for his performances, and a match against the bottom side in the division on Sunday gives him the chance to start the year off with a bang.
The youngster has not been able to hit the exact same heights as last term, but there have still been positives – for example, he has 2.4 key passes and two dribbles per match – for context, that is better than Mohamed Salah has managed. Should he be able to start beefing up his goal contribution numbers, there is no reason why the Reds shouldn’t sign him. Reds fans may be in for a treat if they can catch him in action on Sunday.
Elsewhere, Liverpool signing this striker compared to Didier Drogba would give them an extra attacking edge.