Liverpool have ‘definitely’ held talks with Florian Neuhaus, according to reports in Germany. The midfielder could be on his way to Anfield this summer.
This comes from Sky Germany. Journalist Max Bielefeld claims Liverpool and Florian Neuhaus ‘definitely’ held talks.
“We can say: There was definitely an exchange between the Neuhaus side and the Reds,” said Bielefeld. “However, the whole thing is not yet concrete.”
This comes right after a couple of Sport1 journalists also insisted that Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp wanted Neuhaus. Florian Plettenburg says the Reds want the player, with Patrick Berger saying they’re interested even without a release clause.
There really appears to be something in this, then.
Florian Neuhaus talks
Liverpool’s need for a new centre-midfielder is very obvious. Gini Wijnaldum will leave this summer, after all, having agreed a deal with Paris Saint-Germain.
That leaves something of a gaping hole in Klopp’s midfield options – one Neuhaus may fill nicely. He’s a much younger player with top-flight experience and a relatively similar style.
Wijnaldum’s strength was always an ability to offer a bit of everything. Neuhaus is also an ‘all-rounder’ type of player. He’s capable of providing goals and assists going forward, while also winning tackles and interceptions in defence.
That potentially gives Liverpool a lot to work with. But as Bielefeld says, nothing is concrete yet.
We imagine nothing will happen until after Euro 2020, too, with Neuhaus there with Germany. Liverpool fans should get used to rumours and talk surrounding this one, then.
Especially with reports that the club must sell players before buying more. That, again, sets up a waiting game that will inevitably bring about speculation.
Neuhaus does appear to be the target, though. The links to him have been fairly consistent and strong in Germany. Time will tell but the Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder might be the no.1 choice to replace Wijnaldum.