In the transfer saga of the summer so far Liverpool came agonisingly close to signing Lyon midfield maestro Nabil Fekir only to miss out on their top target in the dying stages of the deal.
Now, according to the Daily Star, Jurgen Klopp has identified an alternative to Fekir and has chosen 22-year-old German winger Julian Brandt as the man to fill the void.
Klopp has been a long-term admirer of Brandt’s abilities and with the Fekir deal seemingly off the cards, Brandt would be the ideal man to come in as an alternative for the Reds.
Brandt had a terrific season in the Bundesliga, hitting the back of the net 12 times and assisting seven in 39 appearances for Die Werkself.
It’s still unclear how much Liverpool would have to fork out for Brandt. However, the German winger certainly possesses the versatility and pacey play that Jurgen Klopp is looking to capture during this transfer window.
Something that is certain has been the Merseyside clubs long-term interest in Brandt, who was considered last summer as the alternative to Mohammad Salah if the Reds failed to sign the Egyptian winger.
Brandt typically plays on the right wing. However, he could also be used as part of a front three, a system that Jurgen Klopp utilised last season and would suit the 22-year-old’s style of play down to a tee.
If you consider Liverpool’s transfer model, Brandt is the perfect fit, young, talented and under the guidance of the enigmatic Klopp, he has the potential to become a world beater.
It remains to be seen whether or not Liverpool will pursue their interest in the Leverkusen winger. However, there are indeed worse alternatives out there; Brandt and the Reds seem to be a match made in heaven.