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According to Corriere dello Sport, Liverpool are interested in signing Amine Harit from Schalke as they study his performances.
So far this season, the Morocco international has impressed in the Bundesliga with Die Konigsblauen. Up until now, he has five goals and two assists.
As such, the Reds are said to be keeping an eye on the player. The Italian outlet states that there are a number of admirers, and that he would have a price tag of around €20m (£17m) should he leave the club.
Last season, Schalke had a nightmare. Under Domenico Tedesco, and then Huub Stevens, they only managed a 14th-place finish despite having qualified for the Champions League in the previous campaign. To attempt to restore the good times to the Gelsenkirchen-based club, former player David Wagner was named manager after leaving Huddersfield Town by mutual consent earlier this year.
The 48-year-old has had a fantastic influence on the whole team – they currently lie seventh in the table, just two points off the top four – but it is Harit who has perhaps seen the biggest improvement in his performances.
In 18 matches in Germany’s top-tier last season, he scored one goal and provided one assist. This term, though, he has already beaten that record, as stated above. In terms of goals, it is already his best return in a league campaign with 23 matches left.
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Wagner and Jurgen Klopp are very good friends. The former was even the best man at the Liverpool manager’s wedding in 2005. Not only that but, as admitted by Wagner himself, the former Borussia Dortmund boss has been a role model. The two played together at Mainz and worked together at Dortmund. Not only that, but they share a similar philosophy of what Wagner calls “full-throttle football.”
In regards to 22-year-old Harit, this could work to the Anfield side’s advantage. Should the former Nantes player continue to shine, the time will come for him to depart. At that point, Klopp’s past relationship with his manager could not only put Liverpool at the head of the queue of potential destinations, but their similar playing styles would make the transition easy for the Schalke ace.
Klopp is a wonderful manager, but sometimes, it is not what you know, but who you know. After Wagner was convinced by the Champions League winner to give up teaching and go full-time into management, he could return the favour and allow one of his star players to play for his buddy.