Liverpool target Brandt’s 2016/17 in numbers

Even though we’re fully embedded in the January transfer window and the madness it brings right now, Liverpool are seemingly looking further into the future in regards to their recruitment, with the summer already on Jurgen Klopp’s mind.

Indeed, the reliable Liverpool Echo are claiming that Bayer Leverkusen’s Julian Brandt is being eyed ahead of the off-season, with a deal this month seemingly unworkable for the £20m-rated ace.

The 20-year-old appears to be a player that could slot into Klopp’s fluid forward three, while his energy means he could be used in a deeper wide midfield role. Alongside this, his performances this season are whetting Kopites’ appetites…

As the numbers show, Brandt has impressed on the flanks for Bayer this term, completing 39 dribbles and making 25 key passes in 16 outings. In terms of goal contribution, he’s been directly involved in eight, while his eleven interceptions show that he’s a good fit for Klopp’s famed gegenpressing approach.