Florian Wirtz showed why Europe’s biggest clubs, Liverpool included, should be chasing his signature in his latest performance for Bayer Leverkusen.
The teenage sensation scored one goal and got one assist in an enthralling 4-3 defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
In a game that had so many talking points, like another two goals for Erling Haaland, the 18-year-old’s super show was possibly the biggest.
He opened the scoring after a powerful dribble into the Dortmund box, before he finished beautifully with a rather unorthodox strike into the bottom corner.
His assist came after a similar run in first-half injury time. He teed up Patrick Schick to finish from inside the box.
It was the latest stunning performance from Wirtz. He is developing into one of the top prospects on the planet.
He now has two goals and three assists in three Bundesliga games this season. Only one of these was a start.
His third season of professional football has got off to a flying start, and we reckon that he will be a household name by the end of the campaign.
Wirtz has already played for his country, grabbing an assist against Armenia in midweek.
His national team boss Hansi Flick has been raving about him, even calling him a “total package” in a press conference.
He is the youngest player to play for Leverkusen in the league while he also held the record for the youngest player to score in Bundesliga for about a year.
So, most are aware of his top potential already. But this Dortmund showing will bring him even further into the spotlight.
Liverpool must move for Wirtz now before they miss out
It seems clear that there will be a big transfer race for Florian Wirtz next summer.
We assume that he is going to have a fantastic season, which will have every top club in Europe after him.
So, Liverpool will have to move fast if they want to get him. As one of the top teams on the planet, they should be after the top talents.
The Reds need to start planning for the future. By signing Wirtz now, they would be securing one of the best players in the world for years to come.
While he has played the majority of his football as a No 10, we could see Wirtz finding a home for himself as an attacking No 8.
He is a very strong runner and has a good work rate, so should be well capable of playing a little bit deeper.
The German’s price tag is only going to grow, so Liverpool should make a move in January. They will not be able to get him then, but they could agree a deal for the summer.
Unfortunately, reports of a release clause in his contract are wide of the mark. But he would be worth a major outlay if it came to it.
It seems like a no-brainer.
Keep an eye on how Florian Wirtz fares for the rest of the season.