Jurgen Klopp was at his best during an interview with Danish paper Ekstra Bladet recently, reminding a reporter that he manages one of Europe’s biggest clubs so obviously knows one of the continent’s most promising youngsters, Kasper Dolberg!
Liverpool’s boss was speaking to the media outlet on the 25th anniversary of our collaboration with Danish beer company Carlsberg, and was asked whether he was aware of Ajax’s teenage Denmark forward.
“Sorry? Who doesn’t know Kasper Dolberg?! You cannot play in Ajax, without being noticed! Kasper Dolberg has a very great future. He is a fantastic player,” Klopp said.
“I love the Danish players. I had Leon Andreasen in Mainz. He was a monster. I also have fond memories of Bo Svensson and Mohamed Zidan, he is probably half Danish, because he is married to a Dane… I really like Danish players. They have a good attitude and a strong mentality.”
The 19-year-old forward has ten goals and five assists for in the Eredivisie this term, adding three more strikes in Europe, too.
As result, his reputation is growing and it’ll be tricky for Ajax to hold onto him this summer coming.
Dolberg is technically gifted and is a great finisher, but he currently does no defensive work whatsoever, so if he had ambitions of ever playing for Klopp, this would need to change!
We may target a centre-forward at the end of the campaign, especially if Daniel Sturridge moves on – which is looking increasingly likely.
Dolberg seems an exciting potential option, but we’ve seen with the likes of Victor Janssen and Luuk De Jong that scoring goals in Holland doesn’t necessarily translate to a decent Premier League strike rate.