Name: Son Heung-min
Country: South Korea
Club: Bayer Leverkusen
International Caps: 26
Position: Left Midfield/Striker
Labouring in their attempts at securing the signature of Adam Lallana, Liverpool may be better off focusing their efforts further afield. If Brendan Rodgers turns his attention to Leverkusen, and South Korea during the World Cup this summer, he may just find his answer in the shape of 21-year-old Son Heung-min.
It’s a phrase oft misused, but in the case of Son, he quite literally ‘plays with a smile on his face’. But don’t let his friendly exterior fool you. Son is one of the Bundesliga’s most deadly attackers.
Typically deployed as a left-sided attacker, Son is also adept at filling a central role, most often as a second-striker. He’s left-footed, but is adept with either leg, demonstrated aptly with a fine strike against Borussia Monchengladbach with his ‘wrong’ foot. Whilst possessing a burst of pace which can rival the quickest of players in the Premier League, he is unselfish with it and has a great awareness of his teammates.
His 10 goals and four assists in his first season with Bayer Leverkusen wasn’t a bad return for the Korean, but his form at Hamburg the previous season hint there is much more to come from the youngster.
If Liverpool aspire to compete with the elite in European football, the squad needs work. Rodgers has watched Son numerous occasions this season, and if reports are to be believed, he is very much in the Liverpool manager’s thoughts.
A lack of attacking depth always threatened to derail what was an astonishing 2013-14 campaign, but thankfully for Liverpool, a lack of fixtures worked in their favour. Competing in the Champions League will require added depth. With Son on board, Rodgers will have acquired a player of high potential, able to score and create whilst fulfilling the youthful and energetic criteria his current attacking crop possesses in abundance.