11 Sept 2016

Anfield MegaDeal: Liverpool still keen to sign €33m 'German Messi' admired by Klopp. Replace Coutinho?

Over the summer, Liverpool were linked with Schalke sensation Max Meyer, and new reports this weekend suggest that the Reds are still tracking the exciting German attacker.

In July, Sportbild claimed:

* Jurgen Klopp is considering a move for Meyer, who he has allegedly 'admired' since his time in the Bundesliga.

* Klopp has made contact with Schalke to enquire about a possible summer transfer, and Liverpool are reportedly willing to pay €33m.

According to The Mirror this weekend, Liverpool are still in 'pursuit' of Meyer, who is dubiously dubbed the 'German Messi'.

Meyer definitely wants a move to the Premier League at some point, and he confirmed this in June:

"If I leave for another league, I'd like to move to England"'

Some info about Meyer:

* Central attacking midfielder, who can also play on the left or right.

* Schalke: 19 goals/18 assists (37) in 125 games (G/A every 206 mins)

* Scouting Report (Strengths): "Exceptional control and dribbling. Excellent balance. Uses his creativity to carve out chances on a regular basis".

* Scouting Report (Weaknesses): "A liability when it comes to defending. Completed less than a tackle per game in the Bundesliga".

€33m for a comparatively inexperienced 20-year old is a ridiculously inflated fee, but Liverpool are often fleeced in the transfer market, so it'll be no surprise if the Reds pay through the nose again.

Meyer usually plays as a central attacking midfielder (80% of games for Schalke), and Liverpool are already oversubscribed in that position. As such, it makes little sense to spend €33m on yet another number-10...unless, of course, Klopp is planning to make changes in that area. Coutinho, for example. If - as many expect - he ultimately ends up in La Liga, Liverpool will need a replacement.

Meyer, perhaps?


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