Tony Barrett, former Liverpool correspondent for the Times, now of Joe.co.uk, thinks we’re in pole position to secure Mahmoud Dahoud in a future transfer window.
This is because his contract has two years to run, and Liverpool know his agent Reza Fazel very well – as he also represents Emre Can – who’s going to get a lengthy contract renewal himself very soon.
Dahoud’s club Borussia Monchengladbach refused to do business in the summer, but according to the journalist, this has not put Liverpool off – with Jurgen Klopp happy to wait until his prime targets become available.
Here’s what Barrett wrote:
“Like Karius, Klavan and Matip, Mahmoud Dahoud had won Klopp’s admiration as a result of his performances in the Bundesliga and the Liverpool manager had wanted to add him to his midfield options at Anfield. His interest, though, was thwarted by Borussia Monchengladbach who refused to countenance Dahoud’s sale during a summer in which they had already lost Granit Xhaka to Arsenal. But all that has done is delay the 20-year-old’s departure, particularly as he has now entered the final the final two years of his contract. Given they have spent much of this summer in talks with his agent, Reza Fazeli, over a new contract for Emre Can, whom he also represents, Liverpool remain in the box seat to sign Dahoud in the future.”
For many Liverpool fans, Dahoud would have been the icing of the cake of a promising transfer window. The young German possesses brilliant technical skills but also a box-to-box engine. He can pick the ball up deep from the centre-backs but also find pockets of space between midfield and attack. In short, he’s tremendously talented, and if we can eventually snare Dahoud, brilliant.
For now though, it’s not worth judging our transfer window, or how successful it was – as in short – we don’t know… Sadio Mane has began superbly, but it’s too soon to judge the rest of seven new arrivals, which range from young midfielder Marko Grujic to ancient (in footballing terms) backup goalkeeper Alex Manninger.
It’s time to focus solely on the players at Klopp’s disposal, and in truth we’re delighted we’ve got four long months before the window opens again!