In January, Liverpool signed Takumi Minamino from RB Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga. Two other players at the club, Sadio Mané and Naby Keïta, both got their first big chance with Salzburg, too.
And manager Jesse Marsch told The Liverpool Echo this week that he believes there’s a good chance that the Reds could seek add other players who have plied their trade at Salzburg in the future.
“Jürgen Klopp thinks similarly to the way we think, so he is always looking here,” Marsch said. “Liverpool have the money where they can get these players and you could extend it to other players we have.
“There are a lot of players here that would fit the Liverpool system, so it’s smart. When you’re scouting, one of the hardest things to do is to understand how a player will adapt to a new system.”
Even with that experience of a similar system, it’s really only Mané—who arrived at Anfield from Southampton in the Premier League—who made an instant impact for his new club. Still, the point is a good one.
With all the variables at play in spending tens of millions of pounds to bring in a new player, anything that reduces those variables is valuable, and Salzburg’s similar system could be expect to do just that.
“Between the mentality, the playing ability and the style, it’s easy for Liverpool to handpick the best players from teams who play similarly to what they do,” Marsch added. “Certainly Red Bull is at the top of that list.”