Liverpool wants Konrad Laimer as Jurgen Klopp considers making a move in the final days of the transfer window
On Saturday, the Reds finally began their campaign with a 9-0 thrashing of Bournemouth at Anfield.
Liverpool finally secured their first league victory of the season, and they did so in fine fashion, after only collecting two points from their first three games.
However, Liverpool still has issues, and they will continue to be questioned about their options in the middle of the field.
Although James Milner, Thiago, and Jordan Henderson are all well into their 30s, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Curtis Jones have not progressed as anticipated, but Fabinho continues to shine.
Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho still have a lot to live up to, but Liverpool may soon require some new blood in the midfield.
According to 90Min, Liverpool has gathered favorable reports on RB Leipzig star Konrad Laimer. The player, who grew up idolizing Steven Gerrard, is a very intriguing option.
Here are four reasons why Laimer might be the right choice for Liverpool, whether they make a move or not.
A PRESSING MACHINE, LAIMER
Laimer, an international for Austria, is well-known for his amazing engine in the middle of the park, flying around the field in a way that Klopp will undoubtedly love.
As noted by Bundesliga commentator Derek Rae, Laimer covers so much ground in midfield that former Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann referred to him as a “monsterballeroberungsmachine” or “a monster, ball-winning machine.”
In 2020, Tifo produced a fantastic video on Laimer that highlighted his extraordinary pressing output and rate of success under Nagelsmann.
Laimer’s numbers indicate that he can be the perfect fit for Klopp with his off-ball work, and Liverpool values data highly.
History going back in time
Laimer has excelled in a variety of midfield positions for Leipzig while also making appearances at right back or right wing back.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s propensity to sprint down the right flank makes this situation particularly intriguing for Liverpool.
Jordan Henderson has filled the right side gap left by Alexander-Arnold in the past, and Laimer’s familiarity with the right back position may enable him to do the same.
That should be appealing to Liverpool because the team hasn’t quite found that balance without Henderson in it.
YEAR OF HIS CONTRACT’S END
Liverpool doesn’t currently want to spend a lot of money on a new midfielder.
The Reds might be putting money aside for a significant transfer for Jude Bellingham next summer, and they don’t want to price themselves out of the running by paying too much for an option right away.
Due to the fact that paying large sums of money intermittently for Bellingham in 2023 doesn’t seem to be the Liverpool way, a deal for someone like Frenkie de Jong or even Ruben Neves just doesn’t seem to make sense at this time.
Laimer’s contract expires in 2023, so Leipzig might be forced to sell now in order to avoid losing him for nothing; a deal for less than £20 million seems very likely.
That ought to be appealing to Liverpool, who ought to be able to acquire Laimer without jeopardizing their chances of acquiring Bellingham the following summer.
A RED BULL PLAYER IS LOVED BY LIVERPOOL
In recent years, Liverpool has acquired a lot of players with ties to RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg.
Takumi Minamino, Ibrahima Konate, Sadio Mane, and Naby Keita have all played for Red Bull clubs, and the Reds have been thrilled with their progress.
Liverpool has recently been linked with other Red Bull talents like Benjamin Sesko and Christopher Nkunku, indicating that the Reds are still interested in the Red Bull group.
Laimer, who has experience with both squads, might have the same success playing for Liverpool in Klopp’s high-pressing system.