If there is one thing the summer transfer market proved, it’s that manager, Jurgen Klopp, is not afraid to turn back to the Bundesliga when buying players. Having brought in Joel Matip, Loris Karius and Ragnar Klavan from the German top-flight, Klopp looks set to raid the league again, this time for Borussia Monchengladbach’s Mahmoud Dahoud.
It’s been reported Liverpool sent scouts to watch the Syrian-born midfielder on the weekend and this is not the first time Klopp has had the player watched. The 20-year-old, who has played for the German under 21 team, was part of the Monchengladbach team which was defeated by Manchester City in the Champions League, a game at which Liverpool scouts were also thought to be present.
When the transfer window re-opens in January, Dahoud is expected to fetch a fee of around £25 million and Klopp will be forced to pay at least that amount, for the talented midfielder. His contract is due to run out in 2018 and he is yet to sign a new one, which will strengthen Liverpool’s hand when it comes to negotiating for the player but the final fee all depends on whether any other clubs enter the bidding. Juventus have also been linked with the player.
Dahoud emerged as a regular for Monchengladbach last season and scored 5 goals in 32 Bundesliga appearances, helping the club to a fourth-place finish in the league. Dahoud operates as a box-to-box midfielder and therefore possesses the energy and drive to succeed in a Klopp system. A good passer of the ball and happy to receive it when under pressure, Dahoud would fit well into the Liverpool team as a central midfielder, perhaps with a more combative player alongside him.
However, this appears to be a move for the future but if Liverpool are in title contention come January, expect Klopp to add to his squad and Dahoud could be one of those coming to Anfield very soon.