For most Liverpool fans, the focus this summer has been on the big first team signings the club are targeting. Mohamed Salah has already arrived to play on the wing opposite Sadio Mané, while the club are pursuing Naby Keïta to strengthen midfield and Virgil van Dijk remains the top defensive target.
Add in a new left back with whatever funds are left after the main acquisitions and any sales all get tallied up, and for many that’s the summer. Beyond the big name first team signings, though, there will be a few youth deals, like the already completed signing of Dominic Solanke from Chelsea’s academy.
Now, if FootballWhispers—a site that, suffice to say, lacks any kind of a record for breaking Liverpool transfer news—are to be believed, Solanke could be joined by a pair of German youngsters, Bayer Leverkusen’s 18-year-old midfielder Kai Havertz and 20-year-old right back Benjamin Henrichs.
On paper, Havertz looks the more intriguing prospect, a midfielder who has gained buzz in Germany’s youth teams to the point he has been labelled the next Michael Ballack. Henrichs, two years older and at a position where Liverpool already have Trent Alexander-Arnold, seems a less obvious fit.
Neither, though, would arrive expecting to walk into the first team. Still, both are highly regarded youngsters, with Henrichs having been linked with an eventual Bayern Munich move while Havertz has reportedly drawn the interest of Real Madrid’s scouts.