Liverpool boss chasing talented playmaker even though Wijnaldum deal imminent

Jurgen Klopp is keen on a deal for Schalke’s Max Meyer even though Liverpool are closing in on Newcastle ace Georginio Wijnaldum, according to reports from Bild.

The German boss has had a busy first summer at Anfield so far, with imminent deals for Wijnaldum and veteran goalkeeper Alex Manninger set to add to his moves to sign Loris Karius, Joel Matip, Sadio Mane and Ragnar Klavan, while Marko Grujic has also been brought on board following a January transfer.

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However, reports claim that the charismatic Kop chief may not be done yet, with Meyer also wanted.

The 20-year-old, who notched five goals and six assists in Bundesliga action last term, has emerged as one of the golden boys of German football in recent times, and is set to represent his nation’s U-23s at the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro over the coming weeks.

It’s understood that Klopp is a big fan of the versatile and creative attacking midfielder, and that his relationship with Schalke chief executive, Christian Heidel, has led to initial talks about the youngster, whom he tracked when he was in charge of Dortmund.

Whether a move for the €33.5m (£27.9m) ace is in the pipeline for this summer or not remains to be seen, but with the quantity of options able to play in attacking midfield roles at Liverpool, a swoop for Meyer appears unlikely, unless players are sold.