Liverpool have been watching Julian Brandt
Liverpool have been watching Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Julian Brandt ahead of a potential move to the Premier League, according to reports.
The Lowdown: Klopp’s an admirer
The Reds are expected to undergo a central revamp this summer with four players soon to be out of contract, and despite being heavily linked with a swoop for Jude Bellingham, it’s actually one of his fellow teammates that has also emerged as a target.
Germany international Brandt has now entered the final 18 months of his contract at the Signal Iduna Park, and being Edin Terzic’s top-performing offensive player, has caught the eye of Jurgen Klopp, but not for the first time.
According to journalist James Pearce, the boss is a ‘big fan’ of the 26-year-old and reportedly tried to sign him back in 2017, but his club weren’t open to a sale at the time, though it sounds like he is still very much tracking his long-term target.
The Latest: Liverpool eyeing Brandt
According to 90min, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City and Newcastle United have all ‘watched’ Brandt throughout the course of this season, whilst Inter Milan and Napoli are also ‘admirers’ in Italy.
Dortmund, as a result of the huge interest, are ‘determined’ to secure the long-term future of their talisman and are already underway with work behind the scenes to make that happen.
The Bundesliga giants are currently in ‘ongoing’ talks with the midfielder regarding fresh terms and are ‘confident’ that they will be able to retain his services beyond the upcoming summer window.
The Verdict: Worth another attempt
Liverpool may have failed in their attempt to sign Brandt six years ago but it’s definitely worth taking another shot regardless of him opening negotiations over a renewal with Dortmund.
The Nike-sponsored star has clocked up an impressive 14 goal contributions in 32 appearances across all competitions this season, including 12 in 23 league outings (Transfermarkt).
In the Bundesliga, he’s currently averaging 2.3 key passes and 1.3 dribbles per game, highlighting his desire to push him team higher up the field and contribute to their efforts in the final third (WhoScored).
The Bremen native would also bring out-of-this-world flexibility to the squad with his ability to operate in a remarkable eight different positions across the pitch.
Brandt has been praised for ‘controlling the tempo’ when he’s on the pitch by journalist Josh Bunting, making him the perfect candidate to add some flexibility and energy into the Reds’ struggling midfield.