Julian Brandt has revealed why he turned down a move to Liverpool FC earlier this year despite Klopp being keen to splash £25m for his signature.
Julian Brandt was a name seemingly linked with Liverpool Football Club every week during the months between January and May this year but a move from current club Bayer Leverkusen never managed to materialise.
The young German was said to be Klopp’s preferred target to bolster his depth out wide, so it was a surprise to some to see Mohamed Salah join this month instead.
Brandt – who is currently the subject of interest from German giants Bayern Munich – has now, however, finally revealed why he snubbed the chance to move to Liverpool.
The 21-year old revealed that with the 2018 World Cup looming at the end of next season, he didn’t want to see his game time suffer and with it, his chances of representing Germany in next summer’s tournament.
“My gut feeling and my head are telling me the time to move has not arrived yet. I have to straighten things out in Leverkusen,” Brandt told Kicker (via/ECHO). “Of course there are players who say a year without European football before the World Cup is good reason to move.”
“But if you move to a bigger club a year before the World Cup, you risk taking time at first to settle which possibly means playing fewer games.”
A noble decision from Brandt and given the focus around money and status in football these days, a refreshing one.
Liverpool fans will not be too unhappy about the German’s decision I’m sure, with the club having just paid £36.9m for Egyptian speedster Mohamed Salah whose 31 goal contributions for Roma last season are over double what Brandt managed (12) for Leverkusen.