Liverpool have failed to land one of their potential summer targets, with Salzburg strikers Hee-Chan Hwang opting for a move to RB Leipzig ahead of Anfield.
The South Korean ace has been in free-scoring form this season, knocking in 16 goals in all competitions, per stats from Transfermarkt.
His form, then, has attracted a swathe of admiring glances from across Europe, including, it seemed, Liverpool.
However, reports from Sky Germany today have confirmed that Hwang has indeed rejected the chance to join Jurgen Klopp’s men, instead deciding to move to RB Leipzig, where it is likely he’ll be a ready-made replacement for Timo Werner.
Hwang, who is still only 24, has already won 32 caps for his country, although he has only scored two goals.
It was believed Liverpool were hoping his friendship with January signing, Takumi Minamino, might well tempt the forward to the Premier League. However, the Reds have been snubbed it seems in favour of a Bundesliga move.
Hwang is well-known to those who follow Liverpool thanks to an excellent performance against them in late 2019. That night, the striker gave Virgil van Dijk a torrid time, beating the Dutchman before rifling into the net.
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While signing someone like Hwang would have been a cheap and good option – his reported fee is only around £10m – Jurgen Klopp won’t lose much sleep.
He already has a wealth of attacking options and will no doubt have other targets.
Besides, Hwang might well end up in the PL anyway. We’ve seen players move to the Bundesliga, prove themselves, and move on again.
If the South Korean does impress in Leipzig, Klopp might well consider another move further down the line.