Liverpool may look to sign RB Leipzig and Austria midfielder Konrad Laimer in January.
That is according to transfer insider Dean Jones, who was speaking to GIVEMESPORT about the latest news from Anfield ahead of the international break.
With Laimer now in the final 12 months of his contract, the midfielder will be available to negotiate a pre-contract deal with clubs from abroad, something which Jürgen Klopp’s side may decide to try and complete.
According to reports in Germany (via the Liverpool Echo) the Reds were interested in a deal for the 25-year-old in the summer transfer window just gone, but a move never materialised.
Liverpool instead opted to sign Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo on a season-long loan, with the Merseyside club having the option to buy the Brazilian outright for £32.4m at the end of the season.
But Jones believes that the club’s signing of Melo won’t have any bearing on the club’s potential pursuit of Laimer over the next months.
“I think they are different types of targets,” Jones told GIVEMESPORT.
“Arthur was a late loan to fill a hole, whereas Laimer would be a permanent signing who comes into the long-term thinking of the club.
“He still might be one they look to again.”
TIF Thoughts on Jones’ comments
We believe that Liverpool fans will be delighted that the club seem focused on regenerating their midfield, with a number of players in the middle of the park set to leave the club as a free agent next summer.
Laimer, who wowed a BT commentator with his ‘pace’, has proven himself to be an impressive dribbler of the ball, ranking in the top 9% of midfielders across Europe’s top five leagues and European competition for dribbles completed per 90 minutes (1.38) according to FBref.
The 24-time Austria international is also a bit of a goal threat, ranking in the top 8% of midfielders for non-penalty XG per 90 mins (0.16), as well as ranking in the top 9% for assists per 90 (0.23), according to the same stats provider.
Therefore, we believe that Laimer would be an excellent signing for Liverpool, and if they could secure him on a pre-contract we think this would be an incredibly smart piece of business.