Already this summer, Liverpool have completed the signing of Sadio Mané from Southampton in a £34M deal. They are set to sign Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle for £25M. The club already have Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana, and James Milner on the books.
Clearly what they need more than anything now is another player whose best position is attacking midfield and playing in support of a striker. Or at least that’s what Germany’s Bild seem to think, as they claim that Liverpool have enquired into the availability of Schalke’s young star attacking midfielder Max Meyer.
Meyer is just 20 years of age and one of Germany’s rising star support attackers, a diminutive, versatile, hard-working midfielder who can operate in the ten or push out to either wing. As long as you aren’t asking him to whip in crosses all day or hold up the ball as a target man, Meyer can get the job done.
He’s the sort of player that, had the Reds moved for him following Mario Götze’s decision to try to string the club along as Plan B should he not secure his future at Bayern Munich or get a bigger move, fans would have embraced. Now, though, it’s increasingly difficult to imagine where he would fit in at Liverpool.
Even if Jürgen Klopp sees Wijnaldum as a potential partner for Emre Can in the double-pivot, a role the player has filled at times for the Netherlands. Even if James Milner is similarly seen as a true central midfielder and an option there along with Emre Can and Jordan Henderson. Even then it’s hard to see where Meyer fits.
But Meyer is certainly an exciting talent. And Bild seem to think he would cost around £25M. Which together should be more than enough to get some people excited about the rumour, even if Liverpool’s depth chart would seem to make any real interest in the young star something of a massive stretch.