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Leverkusen coach claims Liverpool missed out on starlet Florian Wirtz

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Leverkusen coach claims Liverpool missed out on starlet Florian Wirtz

The 16-year-old is set to join the Bundesliga outfit during the summer.

Leverkusen youth team coach Patrick Helmes has told Sport1 that Florian Wirtz could have signed for Liverpool before joining the Bundesliga outfit.

The talented youngster will sign for Leverkusen when his contract at FC Koln runs out during the summer.

Wirtz has scored eight goals in 10 games for the Koln under-17 outfit this season.

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Helmes has been speaking to the publication about the deal and claims that Liverpool missed out on the player.

He also agrees that the specialist circles making comparisons between Wirtz and Kai Havertz are accurate.

Helmes told Sport1: “The boy has a huge talent. He could have gone to Liverpool, to Bayern, to Dortmund. Everyone wanted the boy. It is interesting that Flo chose Bayer – probably because of the proximity to home.

“What he has are things you cannot learn. He has a little bit in common with Kai Havertz.”

 

Although Liverpool won’t have missed Wirtz in the short-term, it could prove a deal missed out on in the long run.

If the player is as good as Helmes says he is then it looks as though Leverkusen have got themselves a real talent.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has proved this season that he isn’t afraid to trust the club’s younger talents.

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Curtis Jones, Neco Williams and Harvey Elliott have all been given chances to shine in the first-team under the German.

As a result, a move to Liverpool might have been viewed as attractive but staying closer to home looks to have proved pivotal.

The Reds will surely watch Wirtz’s development with intrigue during the coming years.

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