According to reports in Spain, Liverpool are set to make a record breaking move for Germany and Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz. Over the last two years, the 20-year-old attacking midfielder has become one of the hottest properties in European football – he will reportedly cost Liverpool a club record £107million.
Last year, Havertz was named in the Bundesliga team of the season having been a key part of a strong Leverkusen side. He managed to nab 20 goals and seven assists across 42 appearances last term – including 3 goals and 3 assists in the Europa League. This season, things have been slower for the midfielder as he’s managed just three goals and one assist across 21 appearances in all competitions.
Havertz has missed a few games through injury this season and despite his low returns, he’s still been an important part of the Leverkusen attack when he’s played. In the league this season, no Leverkusen has been as creative as he has, averaging 2.4 key passes per game. With all that attacking endeavour, he can sometimes be a little too eager to go himself – as a result, he’s also dispossessed more than anybody else per game.
As for Liverpool, they’ve been nothing short of incredible this season and this move would be another unbelievable addition to an already ludicrously good side. Given that Havertz is a natural number ten, and Liverpool don’t really play with one, you may be wondering where the youngster may fit into Klopp’s plans.
Havertz can play basically anywhere in midfield – last season, he lined up 22 times in attacking midfield, 11 times in central midfield and even nine times on the right wing. Whether he’s playing in place of the likes of Gini Wijnaldum or covering for Mo Salah on the right wing, Havertz represents exactly the type of depth Liverpool have been striving to accumulate.
If Liverpool are to win Havertz’s signature, they’ll have to beat off competition from the likes of Manchester United, Barcelona and, of course, Bayern Munich. As mentioned at the top of the piece, reports in Spain say that Liverpool are willing to smash their club record fee – the £75million paid for Virgil Van Dijk two years ago.
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