The Independent has today shone a light on Liverpool’s potential plans for the summer transfer window. With January firmly behind the Reds, who look on course for a record-breaking Premier League campaign, the club will want to continue their momentum in the summer.
That will mean bringing in some fresh faces to keep the squad ticking over at its world-class level.
Several big names are seemingly on Liverpool’s long-term radar. Jadon Sancho, Kyllian Mbappe and Kai Havertz, for example.
But Tottenham Hotspur winger Heung-min Son is also mentioned. Liverpool are said to be ‘big admirers’ of the South Korean, Jurgen Klopp in particular. The report also makes it clear no deal seems likely, considering Tottenham are a direct rival.
But this should come as no surprise. Klopp is well known to be a massive fan of Tottenham’s flying forward. The interest and admiration date back years, to the pair’s shared time in the Bundesliga.
In 2013, Son left Hamburg to join Bayer Leverkusen. But as he himself was quoted as telling Goal, he decided against joining Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund.
“I wanted to stay in the Bundesliga and Leverkusen and Dortmund wanted me.
“Both teams play in the Champions League but I thought Dortmund would use rotation more than Leverkusen. That’s why I chose Leverkusen over Dortmund. It’s really important to play regularly in my age.”
Son felt he had more chances of regular first-team football at the BayArena over Dortmund, who had the likes of Marco Reus, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Jakub Baszczykowski and Henrikh Mkhitaryan battling for the wide slots.
Son went on to star with Die Werkself, earning his move to Spurs in 2015 and becoming a firm fan favourite in North London.
His form at Spurs has still got Klopp and Liverpool watching on enviously. In 2018, it was reported by German outlet Sport1 that Liverpool were ready to swoop for Son, whose Tottenham contract was due to expire in 2020. The fee involved would reportedly be £61 million. It never materialised and Son soon signed a new deal at Tottenham.
But it is clear that this admiration for Son is no flash in the pan. Klopp has been admiring him from afar for nearly seven years. Whilst it is currently considered impossible, Liverpool is clearly a more desirable place to be right now compared to Tottenham.
If Spurs fail to make Europe, maybe Klopp can finally get his man.