According to reports from the Independent, Liverpool will be looking to stick to their key principles in the upcoming summer transfer window.
While Liverpool’s stock as a brand has never been higher following their status as European and world champions and soon-t0-be Premier League winners, Anfield is now the desired destination and it is testament to Klopp’s tenure, the work of the recruitment team and the support of FSG that the globe’s most gifted players aren’t just linked with, but enthusiastically speak about their admiration for the Merseyside based-club.
The likes of Kylian Mbappe, Jadon Sancho and Kai Havertz all fall into this category. Are Liverpool interested in continental powerhouses such as the aforementioned trio? Of course, they are.
Reports from the Independent even reveal that Liverpool first reported on Mbappe in February 2016 when he hadn’t yet signed professional terms with Monaco.
However, for a club like Liverpool, interest is only the starting point and a tiny part of their transfer thinking. Plausibility and cost are therefore bigger determining factors and why the Reds are notoriously known for not breaking the bank for the world’s most coveted stars.
One player who matches both of Liverpool’s defining transfer principles is RB Leipzig captain Marcel Sabitzer. In a team that is littered in quality players under the tutelage of in-demand manager Julian Nagelsmann, it is surprising that Leipzig’s club-captain isn’t under the transfer rumour microscope similarly to teammates such as Timo Werner and Christopher Nkunku.
The 25-year-old has been integral to Leipzig’s pressing when out of possession and even more invaluable with the ball which is something that Klopp values highly.
Sabitzer, similarly to Liverpool’s trusted midfield trident, is a workhorse for his team and possesses Klopp midfield-type traits. The Austria playmaker is unwavering in the middle of the park and keeps his side ticking in midfield with an impressive 82.1 per cent pass accuracy in the Champions League this season.
Not just a powerhouse in the middle, but a player with serious end product to his game as well. In 31 appearances in all competitions this season, Sabitzer has clocked up 12 goals and eight assists which is only bettered at Leipzig by teammate Werner – another Liverpool target.
The 25-year-old has been integral to Leipzig’s title charge, which sees them just one point off serial German league winners Bayern Munich.
Sabitzer was integral to getting his team over the line against Spurs and covered more distance than any player on the pitch during Leipzig’s Champions League last-16 clash at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Liverpool have navigated themselves back to the summit of European football by being responsible and will continue to do so. The club’s business has been determined by what the team needs rather than fall prey to the buzz surrounding high-profile players.
Edwards and FSG have showcased their ability at finding rough diamonds in uncharted territory. Liverpool do not require major surgery to a team that has won the league at a canter but with two of the Reds’ midfield base approaching their thirties, Sabitzer could be identified as a potential suitor.
However, Liverpool have proven to be an enigma when dealing with transfers and one of the great strengths of the club’s transfer business has been their detailed character assessments. With this in consideration, the club could already be developing an approach behind the scenes.