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Rumour Mongering: Liverpool Hold Advantage in Kai Havertz Chase

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A German report claims Jürgen Klopp could be the deciding factor in where Havertz ends up next summer.

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Expectations are Liverpool will make a big splash in next summer’s transfer market, with a potential move for an £100M-plus attacker the most popular prognostication. And the Reds could have the edge with at least one of the expensive names they’ve been linked to.

That’s according to SportBild today, who claim that Kai Havertz is currently mulling over his options, and that the presence of Jürgen Klopp at Liverpool—and not just his presence but his job security and standing within the club—could end up the decisive factor for him.

Regardless, it will be no easy task to sign Havertz—assuming the Reds are genuine suitors. The player has also been heavily linked with Bayern Munich and Barcelona. the latter of which SportBild say was the highly rated 20-year-old German’s dream club growing up.

Then in England, Chelsea, Manchester City, and United are all also said to hold serious interest in Havertz, who has three goals and an assist this year in 16 appearances, mainly at attacking midfield. Still, amongst the English clubs, it’s easy to see Liverpool with the edge.

Between their league position and status as defending European Champions, plus with the German Klopp in charge, there’s obvious appeal. Even with less stability when it comes to managers, though, Bayern and Barca are different—and more appealing—matters entirely.

Still, regardless whether Liverpool can win the race to sign him—or whether they’re even in that race at the moment and not instead focused on some other expensive attacking target—it’s nice not just to be in a transfer conversation like this but perhaps even leading it.