'Long-term thinking': Liverpool tipped to swoop for 'aggressive' £25m midfielder who idolises Gerrard
Liverpool have been tipped to swoop for RB Leipzig midfielder Konrad Laimer in the January transfer window.
Dean Jones has told GiveMeSport that the Reds could potentially rekindle their interest in the Austria international.
This is despite Liverpool bringing Arthur Melo to Anfield on loan in the summer transfer window.
Kicker (via the Liverpool Echo) reported that Liverpool were previously weighing up a move for Laimer.
The 25-year-old is currently in the final year of his contract at the Red Bull Arena.
As well as Liverpool, Bayern Munich were reportedly in pursuit of Laimer.
However, Leipzig’s £25million valuation seemingly put the player’s suitors off, and he stayed put.
Meanwhile, Klopp snapped up Arthur on a season-long loan deal from Juventus.
Jones Arthur’s doesn’t feel that the Brazilian’s temporary Anfield switch will have much bearing on their pursuit of Laimer.
He said: “I think they are different types of targets.
“Arthur was a late loan to fill a hole, whereas Laimer would be a permanent signing who comes into the long-term thinking of the club.
“He still might be one they look to again.”
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The Bundesliga website has compared Laimer’s style of play to that of Chelsea and France star N’Golo Kante.
Emmanuel Petit said ahead of Euro 2020: “Seventy percent of the Earth’s surface is water. The other 30 percent is covered by Konrad Laimer.”
The Bundesliga website added: “You’ll be hard pressed to find a player who harries the opposition quite as intensively as Laimer, who is also a dab hand at shielding the ball, recycling possession and facilitating counter-attacks.
“‘Dirty Work’ could be his middle name.”
And former RB Salzburg head coach Adi Hutter said of Laimer: “He is incredibly aggressive on the ball. Challenges opponents very hard and brings established professionals to the ground. He knows exactly what he wants.”
There’s also a Liverpool link of sorts – Laimer grew up idolising Anfield legend Steven Gerrard.
“The way he played football, the passion and the emotions – that’s what I was always able to identify with,” the Austrian said after his move to Leipzig.
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