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Report: Liverpool trialled Karim Adeyemi in 2016 but refused to pay fee

Liverpool trialled Adeyemi back in 2016, according to reports. The Reds wouldn’t pay a fairly hefty asking-price, however.

This comes from the Athletic. They claim that Liverpool trialled Karim Adeyemi back in 2016. They weren’t the only ones to do so, however – the German forward also visited Chelsea.

Adeyemi was at SpVgg Unterhaching at the time, having left Bayern Munich a few years earlier. The German minnows were willing for him to talk and visit clubs as they searched for a buyer.

Unterhaching clearly knew they had a gem on their hands. They saw a reasonably large price coming their way – they just needed to find the right club.

Neither Liverpool nor Chelsea were willing to meet their demands. RB Salzburg would, however – £2.5m. That secured them Adeyemi and in the process, one of the brightest young talents in Europe.

Liverpool trialled Adeyemi

Fast-forward to 2021 and Adeyemi is a 19-year-old lighting up the Austrian Bundesliga with seven goals in nine games. On top of that, he’s won four penalties in two Champions League games.

The latter statistic is quite remarkable. His three against Sevilla on Matchday one made him the first player to ever do so. Adeyemi followed that up with two goals from the spot against Lille – though, he only won the first penalty.

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All of that has major clubs looking at Adeyemi – including Liverpool. Bild claims the Reds have eyes on the 19-year-old.

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We’re huge fans of Adeyemi and love what we see. He’s an absolute live-wire and defenders – even experienced ones – can’t handle his movement.

The Athletic piece quotes a former coach of Adeyemi’s likening him to Lionel Messi, though he doesn’t like to. It’s a brave comparison but not an awful one.

Adeyemi will almost certainly never get near that level, though like Messi, he’s constantly looking to run at defenders from all over the pitch. You can’t take your eyes off of him for a moment.

In short, he’s no longer worth £2.5m. He’ll apparently cost well over £20m – even that might look small by January.

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