Liverpool should reignite their interest in Borussia Dortmund player Julian Brandt. They could take advantage of a complicated summer at the club.
It’s no secret that Jurgen Klopp wanted Brandt instead of Mohamed Salah back in 2017. As The Times has previously said, Klopp simply took the recruitment team’s advice when moving for the Egyptian.
But Brandt was the original plan. And it’s no surprise why, either, as the young German was a very productive winger back then. Brandt had scored three and assisted eight in the Bundesliga over 16/17 – a solid output for a young player.
That had come a year after he’d scored nine, something he’d do the following year, too.
18/19 was different, however, as Brandt played more centrally for Bayer Leverkusen. A midfield partnership with Kai Havertz resulted in seven goals and 11 assists for Brandt and earned him a move.
That move was to Borussia Dortmund last summer for a reported £22m. He’s performed well there, too, showcasing new-found versatility by playing a variety of positions.
And so it might be worth it for Liverpool to try and tempt Brandt away from Dortmund, even just a year into his career there.
Adam Lallana is reportedly on his way out and Xherdan Shaqiri looks likely to follow (per the Echo). That’s two first-team players leaving gaps in the squad. Brandt can play both on the wing and in the middle of midfield, however, so could cover both positions in one.
For a player we know Klopp rates, that looks very enticing.
But why would Dortmund sell? It would be tough but Liverpool could take advantage of their summer situation. Dortmund have two highly-courted talents in Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland. If Liverpool were to offer them money for a less-valued player, they may accept in order to keep those other two around.
That’s pure speculation on our part but what’s definitely accurate is that Brandt would be a fine player at Anfield. He’s one to keep track of.