Jurgen Klopp supposedly preferred Julian Brandt to Mohamed Salah back in 2017. Now the player is reportedly available again for a very reasonable price.
Bild claim that Borussia Dortmund will put Julian Brandt up for sale this summer. They’d want around £22m for the 24-year-old.
The German side aren’t thrilled with Brandt’s output since joining from Bayer Leverkusen. This season, for instance, has seen just two goals and one assist.
That’s a long way from the seven goals and 11 assists before he joined them.
So it’s no surprise that they’d look to sell this summer. The BBC have detailed their financial woes – especially now it looks very possible that they’ll miss out on the Champions League places.
Selling a misfiring player for £22m makes a lot of sense, then. And it makes us wonder if Liverpool will get involved.
According to The Times, Jurgen Klopp wanted Liverpool to sign Brandt back in 2017. Instead, the club persuaded him that Mohamed Salah was the right player for them.
The club was right, of course.
But it means Klopp is high on Brandt’s abilities. It also means he believes Brandt suits his playing style – and he’s probably right.
The German is versatile, capable of playing in centre-midfield, attacking midfield or on either flank. At his best, Brandt delivers both goals and assists, too.
Now, the Athletic believes that Klopp has a transfer priority this summer – a new forward. Importantly, he wants someone to supplement the current players, rather than replace them.
Klopp isn’t looking for a star but a versatile forward.
We might be pushing it a little by saying Brandt could be that – he plays midfield, mostly – but we also know the boss wanted him as a winger.
Hence Salah being the alternative.
We do wonder if things are lining up a little, then. Brandt is still young enough that a long-term deal makes sense, giving him plenty of time to reach his potential.
His ability to play multiple roles allows for him to supplement the current stars well, too. He could, in theory, play with any of them.
Perhaps the stars are finally lining up for Klopp and Brandt, then. We think he’s at least worth a look.