Liverpool are facing a tussle with Spanish giants Barcelona over the signing of Borussia Monchengladbach star Mahmoud Dahoud, according to Footmercato.
What’s the word?
The Reds are not new admirers of Dahoud, having been linked to the Germany Under-21 international for some time.
The Daily Star reports that the Merseyside outfit will not make a move for Dahoud before the transfer window closes at the end of the month due to Gladbach’s unwillingness to sell.
The publication adds that Liverpool are likely to revisit the potential transfer in the summer, but they face competition.
Footmercato claims that Barcelona are also tracking the 21-year-old, but will only make a move if they fail to land Maxime Lopez from Marseille.
Would Dahoud suit Liverpool?
From what the midfielder has displayed on the pitch already in his young years, he would fit in well at Anfield.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp likes his attacking players to possess smooth passing while also being able to press while off the ball, and Dahoud fits the bill.
The work ethic of the youngster is impressive as he so often drops back to cover the back line and also charges up field to support the forwards.
Despite being rather slight, Dahoud is not easily muscled off the ball and he has the intelligence to pick a pass and find an opening.
He has similar attributes to that of Philippe Coutinho, and despite his young age, he would be pushing for a starting spot at Anfield.
This season, Dahoud has made 17 appearances in all competitions, scoring one goal and producing two assists.