Klopp has sounded out Roberto Firmino about former Bundesliga team-mate joining Liverpool

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Liverpool are in the race for Hoffenheim attacker Kevin Volland, a former team-mate of Roberto Firmino from his time in Germany.

German newspaper RNZ claim that Jurgen Klopp wants the 23-year-old, who is also interesting Borussia Mönchengladbach. Volland has an affordable €15m release clause according to RNZ, which would seemingly represent quite a bargain for the talented international.

The forward has eight goals and seven assists in the Bundesliga this term, coming from 29 starts. He’s a truly versatile attacker, having spent time as an out and out centre-forward, and on both flanks as one of the inside forwards in Hoffenheim’s 4-3-3 formation.

Volland runs with the ball, creates chances and fights for his life out on the pitch, something which no doubt Jurgen Klopp would love. The manager demands selfless energy from his squad, and wants to build a team as comfortable doing defensive work off the ball as they are making space and moving when we have it.

Firmino and Volland had a terrific relationship in Germany, regularly assisting each other for goals. The Brazilian was the main man for Hoffenheim, but Volland has taken up the mantle since his departure.

In total, Volland has 36 goals in 138 matches for his club, a decent, if not startling record. If we’re going to ship out Christian Benteke though, a versatile player with Volland’s traits – for the aforementioned price-tag – would do nicely.

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