Following the somewhat surprising, yet greatly welcomed, announcement that the Bundesliga will be the first major footballing league to return to action amid the current global pandemic, now seems an appropriate time for Kopites to take a close look at the talent on offer.
During a period in which competitive football is in short supply, it is highly expected that German football will gain a lot of attention when it returns on the weekend of May 16.
It will hardly come as a surprise that the Reds are regularly linked with hot prospects from Germany’s top division given Jürgen Klopp’s history at Mainz and Borussia Dortmund, and three players in particularly have been heavily linked with a move to Merseyside in recent times.
With no Premier League focus upon for the foreseeable future, now is as good a time as any to take a good look at them.
One of Europe’s hottest attacking prospects, Werner continues to flirt with the idea of a future relationship with and Liverpool, openly confessing that Anfield is he preferred destination should he move on from RB Leipzig.
Werner is a player whose destructive form has gained plenty of admirers across Europe, but despite interest elsewhere, it is clearly apparent that the pulling power of Klopp could be a significant factor in the Reds landing another exciting forward.
He is a man who has taken to playing in Europe’s most prestigious competition, the Champions League, like a duck to water, providing a healthy return this season of four goals and two assists in just seven starts at a club that were perhaps unfancied prior to the season’s start.
Not only has Werner been impressive in Europe though, he has also been destructive domestically, obliterating most teams in his path. The German currently sits second in the Bundesliga’s goalscoring charts, behind only Robert Lewandowski, who many believe is the best striker in the world at present.
In November 2019, the former Stuttgart striker made history by becoming the first player ever to record hat-trick of both assists and goals in a single Bundesliga fixture. Surprisingly though, it wasn’t his first-time making history in the division — he became the youngest player to make 150 appearances in Germany’s top-flight, taking the record from Karl-Heinz Köbel aged just 22.
Quite unexpected for a player of his physique, Werner offers explosive pace and can be devastating to watch, especially if he gets a run on the opposition defender. A natural goalscorer to the naked eye, the 24-year-old can also provide and has done so on seven occasions in the Bundesliga this season.
This is a transfer that appears to be more of a when than if, but only time will tell for sure. In the meantime it makes perfect sense to keep an eye on a player heavily linked with a move to Anfield next season.
Arguably the highest profile player the Reds have been linked with lately — except perhaps for Kylian Mbappé — Sancho is one of the most promising youngsters in world football, with the added bonus of him being a home-grown English prospect.
Having made the bold decision to pack up and move to Germany as a teenager in 2017, the former Manchester City winger has risen to the pinnacle of world football.
Still only 20, the Englishman is one of the easiest players on the eye to watch. Like a magician, he can make something out of nothing and embarrass defenders at will with his luxurious style and silky skill.
He is a player confident in his own ability, a reported reason as to why he chose to leave Pep Guardiola’s City due to lack of first team minutes, and it is pretty evident on the pitch.
This season Sancho has been in spectacular form for his club Borussia Dortmund, contributing 14 goals and 15 assists in just 23 league appearances. Further to that, his outstanding form at club level has seen him installed as one of the first names to be selected in Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
Another record-breaker linked with the Reds, Sancho became the youngest player in Bundesliga history to score 15 goals in a season when he sent fans into a frenzy with a crisp drop of the shoulder and a shimmy past his markers, before rifling with home against Cologne in August 2019.
Sancho is a player that will by no means be cheap. However, should the European Champions be willing to shop in the finest markets, he is certainly a player that would look appealing on the shelf.
Finally, with the uncertainty surrounding Dejan Lovren’s time on Anfield coming to an end, the Reds have been linked with young French prodigy Evan N’Dicka, currently at Eintracht Frankfurt.
N’Dicka is a player that presumably fewer people will be aware of in comparison to the names previously mentioned. Having said that, he is a player showing great potential in his own right.
Formerly of Auxerre in France, he has established himself as an important figure in Frankfurt. A player of Cameroonian heritage, he predominately operates as a centre back, but has been known to play on the left of the defence this season.
At just 17, N’Dicka made his first team debut for Auxerre and went on to make 14 appearances for the club, before joining Eintracht Frankfurt in a deal worth little under £5m in July 2018.
A towering defender of a physical nature, one of the most exciting aspects of his game is to operate with his left-foot, a trait difficult to come across in high-quality central defenders.
He stands at 6ft 4in, which may offer the impression of a colossal brute. That may not be all that far from the truth, but he still has ability on the ball in abundance.
Amid the current climate, it would be hard to predict how much he would be available for. Although, aged just 20, this a player that Liverpool scouts will most definitely be keeping a close eye on.