Julian Brandt has told Bild that he won’t choose a new club before the end of the season out of loyalty to Bayer Leverkusen.
The German midfielder has been a Liverpool target for a while now, with the Daily Star insisting last summer that Brandt had the potential to be their Nabil Fekir alternative.
“I will make up my mind, but not during the season,” Brandt told Bild. “For me, the club and the present is too important. If I was only concerned about that then my performance would suffer as well.
“It is something the club, who have given me confidence over the years, do not deserve.”
Liverpool are in the market for a new play-maker after Philippe Coutinho left the club last year. The Reds almost signed his replacement last summer but a deal for Nabil Fekir was called off.
This season, Jurgen Klopp’s side has been punished at times for a lack of creativity in central areas.
Trent Alexander Arnold and Andy Robertson have stepped up to the plate, assisting 18 goals between the two of them.
The former actually assisted three goals in one game earlier this season and while it’s brilliant to have such effective attacking fullbacks when teams block their service to the front three, Liverpool struggle.
Klopp’s main priority has to be to sign a new no.10 and Julian Brandt needs to be on his shortlist. The 22-year-old has seven goals and 11 assists this season and is a perfect fit for Liverpool’s style of play.
His contract with Leverkusen expires in 2021 which means he shouldn’t cost all that much and the Reds could be able to pick him up for around £25million all things considered.