Liverpool news :  Julian Brandt fits the bill for Liverpool’s summer transfer plans
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Liverpool news : Julian Brandt fits the bill for Liverpool’s summer transfer plans

October 7, 2019

 To some supporters, the name Julian Brandt may evoke memories of seemingly a bygone era for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool  The Bayer Leverkusen winger was first linked to the Reds way back in January 2017, at a time when Klopp’s men were fighting tooth and nail for a place in the Premier League’s top four for just the second time in seven years  Liverpool scouts had been keeping tabs on the then 20-year-old and Klopp was a keen admirer of his talented German compatriot  Leverkusen, however, insisted the young wideman was not for the sale and he remained in the Bundesliga, watching on from a far as Liverpool took a steep upward trajectory   Back-to-back top-four finishes and a Champions League final place have since been recorded by Klopp’s Reds, who have aggressively climbed the ladder back to European prominence since those early links to Brandt   Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri, Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk have all been signed since and Liverpool have gone from top-four outsiders to a team capable of landing a Premier League and Champions League double    Liverpool’s 22-goal top scorer Salah – the player signed instead of Brandt – has catapulted himself into the world-class bracket since moving to Anfield to ensure the failure to bring the German to Merseyside hasn’t been lamented too heavily  Perhaps understandably, Brandt chose to remain with Leverkusen due to fears around the amount of game-time he would receive in a season that preceded last summer’s World Cup  “My gut feeling and my head are telling me the time to move has not arrived yet I have to straighten things out in Leverkusen,” Brandt told Kicker at the time.  “Of course there are players who say a year without European football before the World Cup is good reason to move  “But if you move to a bigger club a year before the World Cup, you risk taking time at first to settle which possibly means playing fewer games ”     Indeed, Brandt’s decision to stay put at the BayArena hasn’t had too much of a detrimental affect on the Reds, given their current standing in April 2019 –  but should he be someone they revisit this summer window?  Reports in Germany over the past few days have once again linked Brandt’s name alongside the Premier League leaders, with a story in Bild claiming the Reds are prepared to meet an apparent £21 5million buyout clause. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now  Such a clause will reportedly come into effect if Bayer fail to qualify for the Champions League and Peter Bosz’s team are currently languishing seven points off the Bundesliga’s top four in eighth   It’s unlikely the versatile attacker would be a regular under Klopp , with the Liverpool boss able to boast one of the very best frontlines in Europe, but Brandt would most certainly offer the Reds significant strength in depth  However, with Liverpool now firmly re-established as a genuine European heavyweight under Klopp, have the roles now been reversed to the point where Brandt would jump at the chance to move to Anfield?    Another productive season for the German side has seen him rack up 11 assists and four goals in 28 Bundesliga appearances, numbers which perhaps reflect his status as a creator rather than goalscorer  In 38 games across all competitions, Brandt has claimed 14 assists and seven goals and is now approaching the years of his career which might see his peak  Due to turn 23 next month, the technically excellent winger could be a cut-price option for Klopp to return to in a summer that isn’t expected to be a blockbuster one for the club, wherever they land between now and the end of the season   As reported last month , the ECHO understands that Liverpool are not planning to spend significantly in this summer’s transfer window  After forking out around £245m in the two windows across 2018, Klopp is looking to merely tweak his squad, meaning the huge outlays for the likes of Alisson (£65m), Van Dijk (£75m) and Keita (£52m) are highly unlikely to be repeated  Should Leverkusen fail to qualify for the Champions League however, a relatively modest release clause for Brandt could be triggered to offer an already incredible attack an added dimension

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