Kai Havertz has undergone a transformation of sorts recently and that development makes him even more enticing for Liverpool.
Havertz has been one of the most promising midfield players around over the last few years. Arguably the most promising, in fact.
He bagged 20 goals from midfield a couple of campaigns again – enough to make everyone stand up and take notice. It’s no surprise that Leverkusen reportedly value him at £80m, then. This season, however, saw him slow down.
Havertz simply wasn’t producing for Bayer 04 Leverkusen earlier in the season. It was almost worrying for any team that planned on signing him – was he the same player?
Recent weeks haven’t just been reassuring, though, they’ve made him an even more exciting prospect. Especially for Liverpool.
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Havertz has played as part of a front-three in recent weeks, with spectacular results. Now, he had found a bit of form before that, mainly as a number 10 in a 4-2-3-1.
But Leverkusen boss Peter Bosz switched things to a 3-4-3, shifting Havertz onto the right of the front three. The first game came at Union Berlin and Havertz scored in a 3-2 win.
He played there again eight days later, recording an assist at home to Augsburg. Then came RB Leipzig where again, Havertz got an assist. The 20-year-old then got two assists and a goal away at FC Porto before things changed again.
Havertz started as a central striker against Eintracht Frankfurt, scoring one and assisting another. He played there again against Rangers on Thursday and scored from the penalty spot.
In total, Havertz has scored five goals and recorded five assists in seven games as a forward. That’s spectacular for such a young player, playing a role he isn’t entirely accustomed to.
So for Liverpool, who will surely be watching Havertz, this development is perfect. Not only would he come in as a goal-scoring midfielder, but as someone who can cover the front-three, too.
That couldn’t really be any more perfect. It’s exactly what Liverpool need and if they were ‘desperate’ to sign him before (per the Express), this will only make him more enticing. And we already thought he was ideal.