Opinion: Liverpool could luck into dream signing of Leon Goretzka


Opinion: Liverpool could luck into dream signing of Leon Goretzka

Liverpool could find themselves fighting for Leon Goretzka – a potential dream signing. That’s after reports around the German’s contract.

Sport1 says Leon Goretzka isn’t definitely staying at Bayern Munich. He’s coming into the final year of his contract and his agents are looking around for his next move.

Now, they expect him to stay with Bayern long-term. The Bavarians will have a contract on the table for Goretzka and he’ll more likely sign that than anyone else’s.

But the chance is there. And for Liverpool, that could mean lucking their way into a dream signing.

Liverpool signing Goretzka?

We’ll immediately say that we wouldn’t hold on our breath on this. Goretzka will probably stick with Bayern.

But Liverpool just have to try. Goretzka would be a free signing in a year or, potentially, available at a discount right now. The Reds took advantage of that situation to sign Thiago, of course.

And in Goretzka, they could get an arguably more important signing. The German is a dream Liverpool midfielder.

We’ll use FBref to back that up.

Over the last 365 days, Goretzka outperforms nearly every midfielder in world football as an all-rounder. He can do virtually everything.

He’s 95th percentile for xG, 98th for assists, and 91 for touches in the opposition box. You can’t really ask for much more going forward from a central midfielder.

But Liverpool require more from their central players. They want well-rounded displays. They want players who can adjust mid-game to shift from attacking midfielders to defensive midfielders.

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Jurgen Klopp asks them to do a bit of everything, thriving with Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum. They’re not pigeon-holed in any role and are capable at whatever you throw at them.

Goretzka can match that. On top of all of those impressive attacking stats, he’s 95th percentile for interceptions and 84th for blocks. His pressing is fantastic, too – Goretzka is successful with over one third of his presses, which is 86th percentile.

A player like this is essentially never available on the cheap, let alone free. And unlike Thiago, Goretzka is still coming into his prime – he’s only 26.

We wrote back in early 2020 that Klopp had turned Wijnaldum into the world’s best box-to-box midfielder. He can eclipse that with Goretzka.

If the German truly is available anytime soon, Liverpool must do all they can. There’s a chance to luck their way into an absolute dream signing.

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