Owen Hargreaves has named one participant for Xabi Alonso to attempt to convey to Liverpool if he’s named as Jurgen Klopp’s successor at Anfield.
The Bayer Leverkusen boss is believed to be among the many frontrunners to take over from the 56-year-old on the finish of this season (The Athletic), and he’s already had one potential signing beneficial to him.
Talking on Premier League Productions, the previous England midfielder pinpointed one participant from Alonso’s present aspect who might assist the Reds to maintain competing for main trophies.
TNT Sports activities pundit Hargreaves mentioned: “I believe the midfield stability is getting higher. They are going to most likely get a world-class defensive midfield participant. All it wants is somebody to return in.
“If Xabi is available in with Florian Wirtz, who is an excellent younger German participant at Leverkusen, they usually had a defensive midfield participant, I believe this Liverpool staff might compete.”
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Wirtz is a participant who’s been linked intermittently with Liverpool over the previous few months, and the 20-year-old has the makings of an exceptional expertise.
He already has 20 targets contributions in 26 video games for Leverkusen to date this season, and 73 targets/assists in 129 outings for the membership in complete (Transfermarkt), a incredible output for a playmaker so younger.
As per FBref, he ranks among the many prime 1% of attacking midfielders in Europe’s 5 fundamental leagues over the previous yr for passes (63.1) and assists (0.48) per sport, whereas additionally that includes within the 93rd percentile for profitable take-ons per 90 minutes with 3.48.
Wirtz would have some stiff competitors to attempt to displace if he have been to reach at Liverpool later this yr, however the potential presence of his present supervisor at Anfield could also be sufficient of an element to tempt him right into a transfer, although the Bundesliga leaders would reportedly demand upwards of £85m to promote him (Christian Falk).
The 20-year-old’s destiny could possibly be contingent on whether or not Alonso stays put at Leverkusen or takes on the problem of changing Klopp on Merseyside. We will probably anticipate to listen to a lot extra of his identify over the approaching months, particularly if the Spaniard is introduced again to LFC in a managerial guise.
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