The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern are excited by the prospect of welcoming Naby Keita to the club this summer, and recent reports emerging from the Bundesliga have given them reason to believe their club could turn their attention towards another central-midfielder.
The arrival of Naby Keita has been anticipated by the Reds faithful since his transfer was announced last summer. With the summer transfer window just over two months from re-opening, the Liverpool supporters are beginning to look ahead and discuss a handful of potential signings, and one man who has recently appeared in conversation is Max Meyer of Schalke.
Meyer (valued at £18 million by Transfermarkt) has been linked with a move away from Schalke since the beginning of the season, and the club confirmed that the 22-year-old prospect will indeed depart this summer via their official Twitter page. Meyer’s contract is set to expire following a nine year association with the club so he will be available for a free transfer – a fact which Liverpool should take full advantage of.
Although Meyer has not managed to provide an assist or score a single goal in the Bundesliga this season, it must be considered that he has adapted his game and flourished within a new role this season in-front of the back-four. Meyer was previously renowned for being a creative number ten player, but after struggling to make an impact in that position he has reverted to a more defensive role where he has greater freedom to showcase his creative and ball-playing talents.
The German international is far from a destroyer, and that will suit Jurgen Klopp’s style of free-flowing counter-attacking football. Alongside Naby Keita and any one of Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Georginio Wijnaldum, the Reds will have a diverse midfield platform from which to build a title-charge.
Considering Meyer will shortly become a free agent, there is simply no risk for Klopp to target his compatriot in the summer window. There will undoubtedly be competitors swooping over the promising German talent who will be fighting for the opportunity to help Meyer realise the full extent of his potential, but whilst young players such as Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and even Oxlade-Chamberlain are making such an impact at the club, Liverpool will certainly represent a mightily appealing destination for Meyer.
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