Liverpool made some smart signings over the summer. The Reds had been linked with dozens of players but only made a couple of big moves. The most notable is of course the coup of bringing in Thiago, swiftly followed by Diogo Jota. One of our best moves may be one we didn’t make. SportBILD in Germany has slammed former Liverpool target Kai Havertz for ‘following the money’ with his Chelsea move.
Liverpool interest in Kai Havertz
Last summer the Reds were linked with just about every bright young footballer on the planet.
It felt as though the ones we were most interested in ended up joining Chelsea.
The Independent confirmed Liverpool interest in Kai Havertz last year.
The reported stated, however, that the Reds valued the midfielder at about half of his asking price of around £90m.
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Kopites were clamouring for his signing, understandably given that he’d been impressing in the German top flight from a young age.
Chelsea ended up forking out around £75m for the German wonderkid.
Havertz slammed for following money
It’s safe to say that things haven’t gone to plan for the ex-Leverkusen man.
The 21-year-old has a WhoScored rating of just 6.51 in the Premier League.
In 10 starts and one sub appearance he’s managed just one goal and one assist.
In his native Germany he is being slammed by SportBILD for his decision to move to Chelsea, Raymond Hinko wrote of the midfielder:
“Kai Havertz, even if he doesn’t say it out loud, will have already cursed a hundred times that he moved from Leverkusen to the midfield bores of Chelsea, following the lure of money…
“Havertz will have kicked himself often enough for not returning Bayern’s interest more vehemently as long as coach Hansi Flick was still interested in him.”
What RTK has to say
We can’t pretend we sympathise with him.
Liverpool made the right call not signing Kai Havertz, at least not for the money Chelsea paid.
He may have fared better at Anfield but there was no way we were going to stump up that kind of cash.
Instead, he wanted that megabucks move, that massive payday. It has backfired spectacularly.
The Reds have been proved right once again.