With a new sporting director straight out of German football, Liverpool are expected to dip into the Bundesliga during this summer transfer window.
A number of players from the German top flight have been linked to Liverpool ahead of a busy transfer window.
With Alexis Mac Allister already through the door, the Reds could now use new sporting director Jorg Schmadtke’s expertise to sign from the German first division.
We took a look at the Bundesliga players that Liverpool could target.
Micky van de Ven – Wolfsburg
Position: Centre-back, left-back
He’s big, he’s red (potentially), he’s Micky van de Ven.
The 22-year-old is 6’4″ and a centre-back by trade, also able to play at left-back.
He made a name for himself playing for an improved Wolfsburg side, who finished eighth in the Bundesliga this season.
One asset that could make him a good fit for Liverpool is his pace – it is a virtue that would suit a role in Jurgen Klopp‘s defensive back three while in possession.
Manu Kone – Borussia Monchengladbach
There has been conflicting reports over Manu Kone, with Football Insider’s David Lynch stating that contact has “already been made with the representatives” of the Frenchman, while Sky Germany’s Florian Plettenberg says a transfer is “very unlikely.”
But it is not hard to see why there is interest in the 22-year-old, who is a box-to-box midfielder capable of contributing at both ends of the pitch.
Like Mac Allister, he would bring the ability to carry the ball forward and is capable of shooting from distance, something Liverpool have lacked in midfield of late.
Ryan Gravenberch – Bayern Munich
Perhaps the most exciting player to be linked from the Bundesliga is Ryan Gravenberch.
After his move from Ajax last year, the midfielder’s first campaign at Bayern Munich didn’t go quite to plan.
He only started six games all season and was previously said to be keen on a move to the Reds, according to Melissa Reddy. However, Bayern aren’t eager to sell.
He is still only 21 years old and has plenty of time to fulfil his potential there.
Ron-Robert Zieler – Hannover 96
OK, he isn’t strictly a Bundesliga player – Hannover 96 are currently in the German second division – but Ron-Robert Zieler is going on our list anyway.
Zieler could be ideal to fill Kelleher’s spot, with plenty of experience under his belt having played more than 400 games throughout his career.
Notably, at Liverpool he would be considered as a homegrown player, having met the criteria by playing for Man United during his youth career.
If Kelleher leaves, Zieler would be an ideal replacement with the Reds needing to meet the quota for homegrown players, in order for Klopp to name more than 20 senior players in the squad next season.
It would be up to him whether he wants to continue playing second-division football or sit on the bench for Liverpool.
Josko Gvardiol – RB Leipzig
As mentioned, Van de Ven has been linked recently, but a more long-term rumoured move has been for Josko Gvardiol.
While the noise around a potential transfer to Liverpool has gone quiet of late, the Athletic reported in March that the Croatian international is “admired by senior recruitment figures at Liverpool,” but that the size of the fee may be a dealbreaker.
If the Reds were to bite the bullet, though, they would acquire a centre-back known for his ability on the ball and a tendency to defend on the front foot.
The RB Leipzig man has previously expressed a desire to play in the Premier League, but his manager, Marco Rose, said in February that he “will be an RB Leipzig player next season.”