Talented young Schalke forward Max Meyer has hinted he could make the move to join Jurgen Klopp‘s Liverpool in the future.
The 20-year-old was linked with a summer switch to Merseyside earlier in July, with reports in Germany suggesting the Reds were interest in securing a deal.
But Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel moved quickly to describe these claims as “nonsense.”
“I know Klopp a bit now, and I have spoken with him recently, but I think he would have mentioned the player by name if interest had been there,” he explained.
With Klopp already adding Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum to his attacking ranks this summer, a move for Meyer seems unlikely either way.
But speaking to Kicker this week, the forward described Klopp as a “great coach,” prompting further speculation over his future.
“I know from the past that he appreciates me as a player,” Meyer said.
“After my first derby against BVB—scoring a goal when I was 18—he has publicly expressed praise for me.
“This is a nice feeling when such a great coach says that.”
As Meyer continued, he seemed the imply the 49-year-old’s appreciation of his talents could persuade him to switch sides in the future.
However, this is unlikely to come this summer, with Meyer content with life at Schalke.
“I am very happy at Schalke and I’m still very young,” he continued.
“I have many more years ahead of me as a player in front of me. I feel 100 percent well here.
“It is not that I absolutely have to play near my home until the end of my career.
“I could maybe someday at least consider new experiences, if another club interested, especially if the coach shows appreciation.”
With Klopp a confirmed admirer of his talents and an expert in the Bundesliga market, Meyer could return to Liverpool’s radar in the future.
Able to play on either wing or in a central attacking role, Meyer would provide an excellent replacement Philippe Coutinho, for example, if Barcelona or Paris Saint-Germain renew their interest in the Brazilian further down the line.
Meyer has already amassed 125 senior appearances for Schalke despite his young years, scoring 19 goals and laying on 18 assists.
As with this summer, Liverpool could well continue to benefit from Klopp’s links in Germany in future windows.