Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could make a summer move for Bayer Leverkusen whizz-kid Kai Havertz, according to Steve McManaman
After having a quiet summer transfer window, Liverpool spent only £7.25million to sign Takumi Minamino from Salzburg last month to provide depth to their attacking line.
But, the Merseyside giants have been following Havertz for quite some time now and could make a concrete move to take him away from the Bundesliga next summer.
Jurgen Klopp has to find high-profile covers for Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in the summer, as they are both going to miss the majority of the next season.
Indeed, the Olympic Games and Africa Cup of Nations will prevent the star duo from featuring for the Reds, as the two competitions will be overlapping the 2020/21 Premier League campaign.
Always attentive when it comes to the Bundesliga talents, the former Borussia Dortmund manager is understood to be keeping close tabs on BVB’s Jadon Sancho and Leipzig’s Timo Werner.
Now, Steve McManaman has dropped a hint about Klopp’s potential summer plans, indicating the German manager could use his connections in his native country to lure Havertz to Anfield.
“He’s a young player, and he’s doing really well at Bayer Leverkusen, so we will wait and see,” McManaman wrote in his HorseRacing.net column, as reported by the Daily Express.
Kai Havertz is the player top of Jurgen Klopp’s wish list this summer, although a return for Philippe Coutinho is a possibility if they fail to land the 20-year-old. [The Express]https://t.co/MvcASuiqjI— Anfield Edition (@AnfieldEdition) February 9, 2020
“It’s one of those transfers where there’s a young player with plenty to improve on, who might be the type of player that Liverpool are looking at rather than a fully-fledged superstar.
“He is one who’s impressed in the Bundesliga this season, and Jurgen Klopp certainly knows the Bundesliga, and he has a lot of friends in that league, so he’s got a lot of people to call to get opinions on players.
“Normally Liverpool do a lot of their transfer business very secretly, don’t they?
“When they’ve brought in players previously, we’ve hardly known about them, and they’ve not been confirmed transfer targets for while, with Virgil Van Dijk being the exception.
“A lot of the other players were bought when we didn’t know it was happening, such as the likes of Alisson Becker and Fabinho.
“Liverpool are very low key when it comes to signing players they want in the summer, that’s why I take huge transfer rumors at the moment with a pinch of salt.
“If Liverpool want to do business, then they’re not going to tell anyone else about it. They’ll try and get it done before anybody else knows.”
Havertz has been one of Leverkusen’s standout performers over the past few seasons, already recording over 100 appearances in Germany’s top-flight despite his young age.
The highly-rated 20-year-old playmaker has already picked up 27 outings for the BayArena outfit this season, managing six goals and two assists in the process.
A versatile attacking midfielder, capable of playing on both wings and behind the strikers, Havertz is a type of player that can easily fit into Klopp’s game system.
However, ‘Die Werkself’ will be eager to keep hold of their teenage star as recently confirmed by the sporting director Rudi Voller.
“I am glad that we still held [on to Kai Havertz] this year,” Voller said on the TV programme ‘100% Bundesliga – Football at Nitro’.
“We’ll see how it looks in summer. He still has a contract until 2022 – these are, of course, the classic facts.
“There was already interest in the summer, but we told him that it would be good for him to stay with us for another year. And that was the right decision.”