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Liverpool are reportedly prepared to pay Julian Brandt's release clause

Liverpool are prepared to pay Julian Brandt’s release clause this summer but will face stiff competition from Juventus, according to Bild.

The German news outlet and the Italian Calciomeracto also suggest that the Reds are heavily interested in signing the Bayer Leverkusen star.

Jurgen Klopp would only have to pay £21.5million to sign him and with his need for a play-maker, that would be a bargain signing.

Michael Edwards will be beginning to work his magic ahead of a hugely important summer transfer window.

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While Naby Keita’s reintroduction to the starting XI and his great form would suggest a no.10 is not needed, the Guinean is neither an out and out attacking midfielder nor does he have the best injury record.

He’s certainly not as injury prone as Adam Lallana but Klopp will need to prepare for next season with the knowledge that he could be without his £52million man at some point or another.

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Brandt would fit in perfectly at Liverpool, with his running and dribbling ideal for beating opposition midfielders while his smart passing can unlock most defences.

And although Trent Alexander-Arnold is proving to be a stellar set-piece taker, Brandt is also very strong from dead ball situations and would provide another outlet for the Reds.

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One thing that will definitely to Klopp is that Brandt is also willing to do the dirty work at the back and doesn’t switch off in defensive situations.

This is something that Keita is still working on and would see a competition for a starting spot created between the current and former Bundesliga stars.

If his £21.5million price tag is accurate, whoever signs him is getting a belter of a player on the cheap.

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