It’s no secret that Liverpool might be losing Emre Can next summer, as contract negotiations have seemingly reached an impasse. However, it appears Liverpool scouts are already seeking to balance the books, both in terms of young, German talent, and in former Bayer Leverkusen players.
Liverpool scouts were on hand to watch the German U19 squad take on Belarus in the UEFA U19 Euro Championship qualifiers. The standout performer was Leverkusen’s 18-year-old starlet Kai Havertz, who scored four goals on the night, albeit two from penalties, as Germany walked out 5-1 winners on the night.
Havertz made his debut for Bayer Leverkusen last year, becoming the youngest player their youngest debutant in club history. He plays mostly on the right or through the middle as part of a three-man attacking midfield band, just behind the striker. In a little over a year, he has racked up an impressive 28 appearances in the Bundesliga, scoring 4 goals and adding 6 assists.
However, prying Havertz from Leverkusen will not come cheap. The youngster signed a contract extension this summer to keep him at the club until 2022. But on the other hand, we can offer him unlimited Klopp hugs.