Liverpool missed out on the chance to sign Julian Brandt last summer and it looks like the German will be out of reach once again at the end of this season.
Last summer, Klopp was highly interested in signing Julian Brandt from Bayer Leverkusen but the 21-year-old decided it was important for him to stay in Germany to provide for him the best opportunity to break into Germany’s World Cup squad.
Subsequently, Liverpool’s attention shifted to then Roma winger Mohamed Salah who has been in terrific form this season, scoring 24 goals. Brandt has scored just 5 this season and it’s really a move that turned out well for the Reds in the grand scheme of things.
Having said that, Brandt remains a talented young midfielder with a lot to offer going forward.
Although Brandt hasn’t been in the best form this season, he is a top talent that many clubs would love to sign and with suggestions in the media hinting that there is a clause in his contract that could see him leave on the cheap this summer, the player’s father has come out to rule out any speculation over his son’s future.
“Julian’s objective is to play in Europe with Leverkusen next season. He’ll definitely be here until 2019. Julian feels he has unfinished business at Leverkusen,” Jurgen Brandt told German sports daily SPORT BILD.
Leverkusen general manager Jonas Boldt also sees a future for Brandt at the club, saying that he is hopeful that the 21-year-old will renew his contract with the Bundesliga outfit.
“We think that there’s every chance he’ll extend,” he said.
Given that since Liverpool signed Mo Salah, there haven’t been any links to Brandt, I think Klopp will manage without him.
There are ongoing links, however, to Thomas Lemar who missed Monaco’s cup match on Wednesday evening. The Frenchman has not been reported ill or sick, so it seems odd for him to be left out of the squad.