It is no secret that Jürgen Klopp likes to delve into his homeland for talent young and experienced. Already during his tenure at Anfield, the former Borussia Dortmund manager has brought Bundesliga talent to the Liverpool ranks, namely Loris Karius, Joël Matip, Alexander Manninger, and Ragnar Klavan.
January has been a torrid month for the Reds, just one win in 2017 and off the back of a 0-1 defeat to Southampton in the EFL Cup, Liverpool fans fear the worse. However, with the contract extension of Philippe Coutinho, it is clear that the direction Liverpool are moving in is positive despite the results and lack of spending in the January transfer window.
Germany is renowned for it’s production, from motor vehicles to footballers. Over the years, the Western European country has produced the likes Michael Ballack, Miroslav Klose, Oliver Kahn and most recently a World Cup winning team which showcased brilliance such as Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Mario Götze, and Julian Draxler to name a few. The 2016/17 season has already boasted high quality, some of which the Reds have already been linked with.
Here are some of the players Jürgen Klopp should target to bolster his squad:
Timo Werner – ST – RB Leipzig
20-year-old Timo Werner helped current club RB Leipzig to one of the best starts from a newly promoted side in the Bundesliga this season. The former Stuttgart forward has scored nine goals in 16 appearances. In comparison to current Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, Werner is a workhorse not only offensively but defensively, something manager Jürgen Klopp embraces. His blistering pace and clinical finishing make him one of the deadliest strikers in the Bundesliga. At the age of 20, Werner is definitely a player, which fits a Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
Jonathan Tah – CB – Bayer Leverkusen
Liverpool’s defensive problems are widely reported and the trouble at the back prompted talks of Klopp delving into the Bundesliga to sign a defender, one name that came up was Niklas Süle. Unfortunately for the Reds, they missed out on the signing of Süle from Hoffenheim, Chelsea and Bayern Munich were eyeing the highly rated German centre-back. In the end the Bavarians won the race for his signature.
With Liverpool only having three recognised centre-backs with Frenchman Mamadou Sakho’s time at the club numbered, a player who could really bolster and strengthen the Liverpool defence in Jonathan Tah. Like Werner, Tah is 20-years-old, the centre-back dominates the Bayer Leverkusen defensive line standing at 6 ft. 3in. Tah could form a formidable partnership with either Lovren or Matip & compared to the two Liverpool defenders, in his 14 Bundesliga appearances this season, he has won more tackles and made more interceptions than the Liverpool pair. He fits the description of a modern day ball playing centre-back by using his stature to hold off or to out-muscle an opponent. More importantly to Jürgen Klopp, Tah has Champions League experience with current club Bayer Leverkusen, making 11 appearances in his two-years at the club.
Naby Keïta – (Defensive) Midfield – RB Leipzig
Naby Keïta has been one of the standout performers in the Bundesliga this season, catching the eye in a Leipzig squad who have lost just one game in 19 games. Keïta joined the German outfit last summer and has flourished under manager Ralph Hasenhüttl. Emre Can’s form this season has come under scrutiny & the Guinean deep-lying playmaker may provide a talented alternative. Keïta has made 42 interceptions this season and has completed 72% of his take-ons compared to Can’s 50%. In Liverpool’s midfield, Keïta would be the powerhouse, relieving Henderson of his box-to-box job, which often creates gaps in Klopp’s system.
Written by Stephen Killen (@SteKillenKL)