Borussia Mönchengladbach may have lost two important midfielders in Granit Xhaka and Håvard Nordtveit to Premier League clubs, but there has been an impressive response by bringing in two players who have proven their worth in the Bundesliga. Tobias Strobl has moved from Hoffenheim to cover the versatility Nordtveit provided in the centre of defence and midfield, while Christoph Kramer provides the leadership and solidity in midfield that Xhaka once did. All very smart and sensible moves.
Gladbach finished fourth -- qualifying for the Champions League play-off stages in the process -- in a very competitive league, underlining the quality within André Schubert's squad. These transfer moves illustrate that there is a clear approach to squad building where players generally move at the right time. Kramer did well on a two-year loan and returns on permanent deal after a year at parent club Bayer Leverkusen. Strobl has proven to be a decent Bundesliga player over the past three campaigns in a number of positions.
Of particular interest to Liverpool, it appears that Mahmoud Dahoud -- Gladbach's midfield gem -- will be held onto for at least another season. The Daily Express reports that Goal indicates that the German club don't want to sell Dahoud. At all. Liverpool, however, still want the player. Whether the 20-year-old midfielder remains a viable target this summer is open to question. The composed and intelligent midfielder is reportedly one of Liverpool's main targets, making the rumour a difficult one to ignore given the repeated links.
Liverpool were reported to have switched from Piotr Zieliński to Mahmoud Dahoud, but now that Liverpool seem closer to a deal for Piotr Zieliński, maybe circumstances have necessitated yet another switch. The Daily Express mentioned that a Dahoud "would command" a fee of £20 million and has the same agent as Liverpool's Lord Commander -- Emre Can to you heathens -- and the recently released Samed Yeşil. Affordable fee and a connection to help make the deal happen could mean that this could be one to watch.
For now, though, it seems that Liverpool might have to wait for another season to partner Emre Can with Mahmoud Dahoud. There's still time in the transfer window for Klopp and Liverpool to make Dahoud and Gladbach an offer that is difficult to turn down.