Rumors surrounding Jadon Sancho returned last week, and certainly the Borussia Dortmund winger would be ideal.
Even at £ 80million or whatever it takes, there is a reasonable argument that he could provide good long-term value as a possible – long-term – successor to Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
But cheaper, more profitable players would appear to be more likely additions to Liverpool, perhaps in the mold of Diogo Jota, who initially cost £ 41million when he was signed by Wolves last summer.
Then there’s Harvey Elliott to consider starting next season, with the loaned Blackburn winger now more than ready to play a regular role in the new campaign.
In all likelihood, however, another signing will be required, whether it’s this summer – more than likely, if Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri were to move on – or in the future to complete those options.
And that’s where Bayer Leverkusen starlet Florian Wirtz – already dubbed the ‘new Kai Havertz’ – could come into the equation.
“He turned 18 just a few days ago, so he’s as young as they are,” Josh Williams said on the Analyzing Anfield podcast.
“But despite that, he’s already racked up over 2,000 minutes in the Bundesliga, so when it comes to winning, he’s right up there.
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“He’s extremely versatile and he plays all over the field, as long as he doesn’t have a post, and was called up by the German senior team in March but didn’t get any minutes.
“But the fact that he’s called up to the senior squad anyway at 17 captures his potential.
“He can play on the wing, as a center forward and as a central midfielder, so he’s a bit like Havertz.
“He’s not as good as Havertz, but he reminds me of Havertz in this regard, who himself was in Leverkusen and played everywhere. “
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Havertz was a player Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool loved, with his ability to play wide or as a false nine clearly appealing as a possible successor to Roberto Firmino.
But they were never going to pay the £ 75million Chelsea were willing to pay for the German starlet.
At Wirtz, however, there could be an alternative, with the player himself acknowledging the comparisons, which, given the club he represents, were almost inevitable.
“In training, I try to imitate how [Havertz] acts in front of goal and how it moves between spaces, ”said Wirtz.
“It’s an incentive for me to become even better than Kai. I still want to be the best and I hate to lose. “
With the way he plays, until last week at the age of 17, the hype surrounding his performances is inevitable as well.
Even when Havertz was still at Leverkusen, he was getting regular minutes in the squad – shortly after turning 16 at the time – for a side that only missed out on Champions League places by two points. last season.
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“Wirtz was the one I picked last season when the first football after the pandemic ended was the Bundesliga and he stood out,” Williams continued.
“This season he’s playing a little deeper and has four league goals and six assists, which is hard to determine how good that is considering he’s basically playing everywhere, but it’s a decent comeback.
“He’s a player who may not be anytime soon, as he signed a six-year contract with Leverkusen.
“But in the future, it will be fascinating to see what he looks like when he turns 24 – with six more years of development. “