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Report: Hwang Hee-Chan availble one year after Liverpool failed to get him

Hwang Hee-Chan is up for grabs again, according to reports. Liverpool supposedly wanted the forward a year ago.

This comes from the Telegraph. They claim that RB Leipzig are ready to sell Hwang Hee-Chan after one year at the club.

They’ll sell quite cheap, too, wanting just £10m for the 25-year-old. And this one might get Liverpool’s attention.

Hwang Hee-Chan to Liverpool?

Sky Germany claimed Liverpool wanted Hwang last summer. Unfortunately for the Reds, he chose to join RB Leipzig from RB Salzburg – a move many players make, of course.

He cost them around £9m, which felt like a potential bargain at the time. Particularly to Liverpool, in fact.

They’d seen Hwang up close the previous October as he played wonderfully for Salzburg at Anfield. The Korean even scored a memorable goal, turning Virgil van Dijk inside out before finishing emphatically.

That was a game that left quite an incredible impression, in fact. Takumi Minamino played a starring role for Salzburg, prompting Liverpool to sign him two months later.

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And that’s before we mention the other of Salzburg’s three goalscorers that day – Erling Haaland.

It can’t be any great surprise that Liverpool liked the look of Hwang, then. That Salzburg side was exciting.

As it turned out, they couldn’t get him. We’re not entirely sure why – presumably didn’t offer him the games Leipzig would – but they appear to have another chance.

In truth, it’s a chance we don’t see them taking. Hwang hasn’t been good for Leipzig and there’s a reason they’re trying to sell him so soon.

Much like Minamino, he just hasn’t quite managed to step up a level. Dortmund appear to have gotten the only one of the trio who could (lucky them).

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But if Liverpool want to boost their attack for next season, they should probably look elsewhere. They’ll want a player with a better record in a top league and someone with more of a guarantee.

Hwang would be a budget-conscious gamble and we can never rule that out at Anfield, though, if they still like him.

But maybe going back to Salzburg for Hwang and Haaland’s eventual replacement, Patson Daka, makes more sense? Reports in Austria suggest Liverpool like him and his goal record is a lot more Haaland than Hwang.

Maybe that’s the budget-conscious route to go down, then. We wouldn’t entirely rule out another bid for Hwang but we really think Liverpool could do better.

Especially after seeing Minamino struggle in a very similar way.

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