Liverpool have no interest in Max Meyer, Schalke’s sporting director Christian Heidel has confirmed, rubbishing Bild’s story to the contrary – much like EOTK did when it came out.
We did sign Joel Matip from the German giants this summer, but that was made possible because the defender’s contract was up, while young playmaker Meyer would be very expensive due to his age and potential to improve.
Liverpool are very well stocked in the positions Meyer plays in (attacking midfield), and it’d make no sense for us to go big for him on the back of completing the Gini Wijnaldum deal.
Heidel has admitted speaking with Jurgen Klopp, but assures fans that Meyer wasn’t the subject.
“There’s no ambition to sell Max Meyer,” he told Revier Sport.
“Meyer is a really good player but a move to Liverpool is nonsense. I’ve known Mr Klopp for a while now and I have spoken with him recently.
“I think he would have mentioned the player by name if interest had been there. Apart from this, Max is not on our sales list.
“To be honest, Max has surprised me in a good way,” he continued.
“From the outside, I didn’t think he was as strong as I see him now.
“The lad has been excellent in preseason until now, both in training and in friendly matches.”
In fact, Liverpool’s primary plan now is to offload a number of players to trim the squad, without European football to worry about. The likes of Joe Allen, Christian Benteke, Mario Balotelli, Lucas, Luis Alberto and Tiago Ilori are all expected to leave before the start of the season – while the only position we need to buy for is left-back.
Brad Smith is likely to depart too, meaning we have to bring in someone to support Alberto Moreno.
Jetro Willems and Ben Chilwell are the targets most discussed, while PSG’s unknown Presnel Kimpembe has also emerged as a target (via Telegraph).