Liverpool could move for Hwang Hee-Chan, according to reports. Fans should have some real questions for the club if a deal happened.
The Mirror claims Liverpool have eyes on Hwang Hee-Chan right now. The South Korean is impressing for Wolves in the Premier League, scoring four times in eight appearances.
That, naturally, will get teams looking. Hwang is a player who appears readily available to sign, too.
Per the Athletic, Wolves have a £12m option to buy Hwang from RB Leipzig. It’s very much just an option, though – the player won’t necessarily agree to a move.
Thus if other clubs can turn his attention to them, there’s a potential bargain on the table. Leipzig clearly want to sell, after all.
But for us, this would be a slightly strange transfer from Liverpool. Not because Hwang doesn’t fit the right profile, though.
Will Liverpool move for Hwang Hee-Chan?
Liverpool fans have seen Hwang before, of course. He played for RB Salzburg against them back in 2019, scoring a wonderful goal at Anfield.
The forward managed to turn Virgil van Dijk in style before firing home. He appeared to be a real livewire that day – but then, all of Salzburg’s forwards did.
Liverpool’s opponents had a front-three on that day – Hwang, Takumi Minamino and Erling Haaland. The Reds, of course, signed Minamino a month later.
And they’ve barely used him since. Minamino was never really seen over his first year before joining Southampton on loan. He’s back at Anfield this season but again, regularly absent.
Liverpool don’t seem happy with him, yet he was the one they went for. Haaland may have been too expensive for them at the time – or perhaps had the wrong agent – but Hwang was very much available.
The club didn’t move for him, though, and it’s hard to see why they’d suddenly have interest now. Hwang moved to Leipzig in 2020 and had an awful season there.
He appeared 18 times in the Bundesliga but his 460 minutes are the equivalent of around 5.1 games. Hwang scored zero goals from an xG of two all season.
So why did Liverpool sign Minamino and not Hwang? And what have the Reds seen since that convinces them Hwang is now a good option to essentially replace Minamino?
We’d find this one very confusing. Unless the Wolves man is about to explode into life, things don’t really add up.