Florian Neuhaus is aware that Jurgen Klopp rates him highly, according to reports. The Liverpool boss would like to sign his compatriot.
This comes from Sport1 journalist Florian Plettenberg. He claims Jurgen Klopp is a big admirer of Florian Neuhaus.
Not only that, but the Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder knows it. He’s aware of Liverpool’s desire to sign him, as well as Klopp’s personal interest.
Despite that, however, Neuhaus likely won’t leave Gladbach this summer. A 2022 move is on the cards but it probably won’t happen anytime soon.
“It is likely that [Neuhaus] will stay in Gladbach,” Plettenberg wrote on Twitter. “Klopp has recently reaffirmed his interest in him, is a big fan. [Neuhaus] has been informed about this.
“But there is currently no place in the Reds’ squad. Cards could be reshuffled 2022. For Bayern [Munich] as well.”
Klopp wants Neuhaus
So the confusing part about this is the ‘no place in the Reds’ squad’ bit. Because there definitely does seem to be space.
Gini Wijnaldum left on a free transfer this summer and Liverpool haven’t signed anyone to replace him. That seemingly creates an opening for someone like Neuhaus.
But there is a reason why it might not. If Liverpool – and Neuhaus for that matter – consider such a signing to be major, the opening at Liverpool might not be big enough.
The first-choice midfield next season will almost certainly be Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Thiago. Wijnaldum only actually played as many games as he did last season because of injuries elsewhere.
Thus Neuhaus wouldn’t actually arrive with a first-choice place in the squad. He’d be backup and it’s very possible that neither party can justify a transfer in that case.
Now, maybe that changes in a year. Neuhaus might be a better player, while Henderson and Thiago will both be nearly 32. Suddenly, a considerable bid for Neuhaus would make sense.
So this is probably just one to watch. If it were up to us, we’d sign him to boost depth in the squad but Liverpool likely don’t see it that way.
Let’s wait a year and see, then.