Jurgen Klopp has made Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud a priority target this summer, vying with Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund.
Klopp is clearly keen to add to his midfield ranks this summer, and potentially joining Marko Grujic and Piotr Zielinski in the German’s squad for the 2016/17 is Gladbach’s high-potential talent Dahoud.
That is according to widespread reports on Monday night, which claim the Reds are battling a number of top clubs.
Spurs, Dortmund, Manchester City and Manchester United are all believed to hold an interest in the 20-year-old midfielder.
Klopp is said to have identified Dahoud as “the perfect addition to his options in the centre of the park given his supreme work rate, expert range of passing as well as his threat going forward.”
The Syrian-born Gladbach star has made 28 Bundesliga appearances this season, scoring four goals and assisting on a further eight.
A dominant, all-round midfielder, Dahoud is able to break up play with strength, prompt attacking moves with crisp passing or drive forward into the attacking third using his power and dribbling ability.
In many ways he is similar to fellow German talent Emre Can, as a box-to-box midfielder, and on paper he would make the ideal partner for Can in Klopp’s high-intensity pressing system.
Dahoud shares an agent with Can and fellow Liverpool youngster Samed Yesil, increasing the possibility of a move.
This development comes after reports that rumoured Liverpool target Granit Xhaka is likely to leave Gladbach for Arsenal this summer, suggesting that the Reds have, in fact, been scouting his younger team-mate this season.
Dahoud is a supremely gifted young midfielder, believed to be rated at around £20 million—though Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl has said “we have no need to sell him.”
But with Klopp clearly having made Dahoud a priority target, Liverpool may go all out to secure his signature this summer.