Kai Havertz, Germany (Simon Cooper/EMPICS Sport)

Rumour Mill: ‘Next Mesut Ozil’ meets with Klopp, Gerrard and Coutinho at Melwood

Ahead of the January transfer window, Liverpool are rumoured to be working on a deal to sign Bayer Leverkusen’s midfield prodigy Kai Havertz.

The Reds are just 11 games into the Premier League campaign, but the November international break has brought further speculation over future signings.

Klopp brought in just four new faces in the summer in Mohamed Salah, Dominic Solanke, Andrew Robertson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, as well as securing a deal to sign Naby Keita in 2018.

But despite that five-man group including two midfielders, the German is seemingly not yet content with his options in the middle of the park.

According to Sam McGuire, writing for Football Whispers, Liverpool are working on a deal to sign Leverkusen youngster Havertz.

Havertz has taken up a key role at Leverkusen despite only turning 18 in June, and has already made 38 appearances for the club, including 10 so far this campaign.

Liverpool were reported to be scouting Havertz last month, and now McGuire claims the club “rolled out the red carpet” for the teenager at Melwood.

Klopp, Steven Gerrard and Philippe Coutinho are said to be among those to have greeted Havertz and his agent at the Reds’ training ground.

This comes despite Havertz signing a new five-year contract with Leverkusen in July, with the Bundesliga outfit having “granted him permission to visit Merseyside.”


Havertz would certainly be a strong addition at Anfield, as a tall, nimble midfielder whose ability to find space has drawn comparisons with Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil.

He typically operates as an attacking midfielder for Leverkusen, though it remains to be seen where he would fit into Klopp’s plans.

But the 50-year-old is clearly eager to add Havertz to his ranks, if claims that he invited him to Melwood prove true, with the influence of Gerrard and Coutinho no doubt key.

The youngster’s contract with Leverkusen would guarantee a big-money fee if he were to leave, but Liverpool are seemingly willing to break the bank.

Meanwhile, another German midfielder touted with a move to Merseyside, Schalke’s Leon Goretzka, could be on his way to the Premier League next summer.

Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff has referenced how “young talented players like Leroy Sane and [Schalke’s] Leon Goretzka are moving to England,” despite no known deal for the latter.

Goretzka is a free agent next summer, and the hope is that both he and Havertz make the switch to join Klopp at Anfield.

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