Liverpool could make moves for Maximilian Wober, according to reports. The 22-year-old does have a possible red flag, however.
Eurosport names Maximilian Wober as a potential Liverpool option this month. He’s not the only one, however, with David Carmo and Sven Botman also on their list.
On the face of it, he’s a great option, too. The Austrian has experience at Rapid Wien, Ajax, Sevilla and RB Salzburg, as well as in the Champions League and at international level.
Wober is still only 22, on top of that, suggesting he’s got a lot of room to grow. Centre-halves tend to peak around 30, after all.
But we’re not 100 per cent sure these two things mesh together very well. Isn’t four clubs at 22 quite a lot?
You can absolutely argue that having all the experience there is a good thing. Long-term, it almost certainly is as Wober will have so much to grow from.
But it’s also a slightly worrying sign. Ajax signed Wober when he was still a teenager but he only played around 30 Eredivise games over two season before moving on again.
There’s some profit there but a notable small one. If Wober was a player who would grow into something special, Ajax could have waited for that price to raise dramatically.
Even stranger, then, is that Sevilla had Wober for just six months before moving him on. Just seven games into his career in Spanish football, they sold him back to Austria.
Again, they made a profit. Again, it wasn’t a notable one. Salzburg paid around £10.8m, per reports.
No one seems confident of getting the best out of Wober, then. Other than Salzburg, of course, who use him regularly after signing him.
But it’s notable that Wober’s two trips into a higher standard of domestic football ended in quick sales. That, surely, is a red flag ahead of any potential Liverpool move.