Report: Liverpool offered 24-year-old for bargain price, Klopp stunned Bundesliga club
A report from The Mirror (5/9; page 73) has claimed that Liverpool were offered the chance to sign Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Florian Neuhaus this summer. Apparently, Jurgen Klopp was the one who declined the chance to sign the 24-year-old.
The stylish midfielder has also been linked with a move to Manchester City previously. Liverpool could have signed the Bundesliga star for just £21 million but the club opted not to land the player.
Klopp saw Gini Wijnaldum leave his squad in the summer. As a result, it seemed certain that the club would look to add to their midfield ranks. A signing never came though and the Reds boss has so far called upon Harvey Elliott to add a new dynamic to the engine room.
Neuhaus has become a real hit at Monchengladbach. He has scored 16 goals and registered 20 assists during 120 appearances for the club. As a result, he’s attracted interest from across Europe.
The midfielder has a contract with the Bundesliga outfit until 2024. Given that he was offered out, however, perhaps suggests that Monchengladbach are prepared to offload the player in the near future.
Neuhaus has been capped six times for Germany, scoring twice. His modest £54,000-a-week wage would comfortably fit into the structure at Anfield and Klopp’s decision might leave supporters baffled.
Future star: Liverpool have to return for Neuhaus
There will come a point where the Reds have to replace Wijnaldum. Elliott is set for a fine future, but he is perhaps a better option for one of the roles in the attack.
Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are two other options that Klopp has spoken fondly of. Both have less than impressive records with injury in recent years though and Klopp can’t really place his trust in either over a consistent period.
Neuhaus is a competent performer. He moves the ball well and is a forward-thinking midfielder capable of starting attacks. With that in mind, signing him makes perfect sense and at £21 million he’d have represented a snip.