Chris Williams 25 February 2017
With a pressing need to strengthen in key areas this summer, Bundesliga follower Chris Williams looks at an XI of German-based players that could make an immediate impact in the Premier League.
When Jurgen Klopp arrived in Liverpool to become the Reds manager in October 2016, it was always going to be the case that the club would be linked with numerous Bundesliga players.
Be it Klopp’s old guard from Dortmund, such as Mario Gotze, or emerging talent like Bayer Leverkusen’s Julian Brandt, Germany looked an ideal place to start when assessing potential transfers in which the new manager could build upon.
It was inevitable that with former Mainz and Dortmund coach at the helm Liverpool would be linked with some of the biggest stars from Germany. Players such as Dortmund’s red hot striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gladbach’s versatile midfielder, Mahmoud Dahoud, and remarkably even Bayern Munich’s talisman, Robert Lewandowski, have all been subjected to press rumour.
The arrival of goalkeeper Loris Karius and centre-back Joel Matip last year highlighted Germany as an area in which Liverpool are prepared to do business.
With recent history suggesting Liverpool are unlikely to spend upwards of £40 million on one player it will fall to Sporting Director Michael Edwards and his team of staff to identify alternative talent that is instantly ready for the rigours of the Premier League.
With German teams flying high in both UEFA club competitions this season, and Liverpool keen to return to the European top table, it may just be an avenue worth revisiting come the transfer window this summer.
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