Jurgen Klopp has revealed his admiration for young Ajax striker Kasper Dolberg, describing the teenager as “a fantastic player.”
Klopp is currently putting together his plans for the summer transfer window, with the German looking to build for a successful campaign in 2017/18.
Last week, he revealed the Reds were “on the way” to making new signings, saying “we are in talks with different people—players, agents, all that stuff.”
One such player could be Ajax’s teenage sensation Dolberg, who has scored 13 goals and assisted seven in 34 games for the Dutch side already this season.
The 19-year-old was on the agenda during Klopp’s interview with Danish publication Ekstra Bladet this week, with the Reds manager revealing his admiration.
“Who doesn’t know Kasper Dolberg? You can’t play at Ajax without being noticed,” he said.
“Kasper Dolberg has a very great future. He is a fantastic player.
“I love Danish players. I had Leon Andreasen at Mainz, he was a monster.
“I also have fond memories of Bo Svensson. And Mohamed Zidan—he is probably half Danish, because his wife is Danish!”
But with Klopp also admitting he had missed out on signing Christian Eriksen for Dortmund back in 2013, he could push more heavily for a move for Dolberg.
However, while Klopp praised the fortitude of Danish talents, he stressed that he would only sign players who would suit his system in the summer.
“I really admire Danish players. They have a good attitude and a strong mentality,” he added, “but it’s not that they are Danes, it is all about their qualities.”
Dolberg is a pacy, physical striker able to play a variety of roles up front, including as a more prominent centre-forward or an off-the-shoulder poacher.
He is also capable of operating in a fluid attacking unit, and this would suit Klopp’s current setup at Anfield.