Leon Bailey once claimed that he rejected a move to Liverpool in 2017 and instead chose to join Bayer Leverkusen – and now, reports have suggested that the Premier League champions are still interested.
Bailey, 22, joined Leverkusen from Genk in 2017 and has since gone on a tumultuous ride at the Bundesliga club. An excellent first season almost saw him join Bayern Munich for £55million, only for a deal to be scuppered late on.
This season, he has struggled. Just seven goals have come in 30 league and cup appearances, with the Jamaica international in and out of the starting line-up under former Borussia Dortmund manager Peter Bosz.
Despite that, Sky Sports claim Bailey is keen on a move to the Premier League and is to be watched by Liverpool scouts – as well as Everton and both Manchester clubs. He once claimed that he rejected a move to Anfield in 2017.
“Manchester United, City, Chelsea, Liverpool – a lot of clubs were interested,” Bailey told Four Four Two. “But the most important thing as a pro is taking things a step at a time. It was the right moment to be at Bayer Leverkusen.”
TBR’s view – Bailey in, Shaqiri out would be top business
Xherdan Shaqiri looks more than likely to leave Liverpool this summer after a season blighted by injury, but he will need to be replaced. For a fee between £20million and £30million, as per the report, Bailey is the ideal replacement.
A winger, but also more than adept at coming inside and scoring goals, he is the perfect kind of player to replace Sadio Mane or Mo Salah if they suffer injuries next season. A no-brainer for the Reds.