Schalke 04 defender Benedikt Howedes has discussed a future move to the Premier League, labelling Liverpool as an “interesting” club.
“A move abroad excites me. England would for sure be an interesting destination,” he said.
“Currently I am with Schalke. There are no deals sorted.
“But of course, for a footballer there are some clubs that are more interesting than others.
“English football is very fortunate to have someone like Klopp in the league, Liverpool is a club with great tradition and values.”
As Howedes stresses, there are no deals on the table at present, but this statement very much represents a come-and-get-me plea for Premier League sides.
Howedes was expected to leave Schalke in the summer, after it was revealed that the centre-back had a release clause of just under £13 million, which expired at the end of June.
However, it is also believed that the Schalke academy product will be available for as little as £9 million next summer.
For Klopp, this would represent great value.
Howedes is a proven top-level defender, a 32-cap Germany international and a peak-age talent with experience in the Champions League.
Able to operate as a centre-back, left-back and right-back, Howedes would provide Liverpool with welcome depth in their defensive ranks—an issue only exacerbated by long-term injury to 18-year-old utility man Joe Gomez.
Crucially, Howedes is right-footed, allowing him to slot into the centre-back role as partner to left-sided option Mamadou Sakho.
Howedes recently returned from injury, and is working his way back into André Breitenreiter’s starting lineup.
But with one eye clearly on a move abroad, he will be a prime target for Klopp if the Liverpool manager looks to strengthen his defensive ranks in the future.