Jurgen Klopp is looking to bring through more youthful players into his Liverpool squad.
Many pundits believe the Reds need more ready-made world class quality, as it’s taken time for the likes of Emre Can to improve to a higher level.
In the central midfield role Liverpool’s already signed Marko Grujic from Red Star Belgrade, but they’re now also looking at another in this position with 20-year-old Mahmoud Dahoud. He’s the first Syria-born footballer to play in the Bundesliga, currently at Borussia Monchengladbach.
According to Goal.com’s Liverpool correspondent Melissa Reddy who’s close with the club, this is a genuine link and she’s ironed out the reasons.
“(He is) the perfect addition to (Klopp’s) his options in the centre of the park given his supreme work rate, expert range of passing as well as his threat going forward.
“Dahoud, who is the first footballer born in Syria to play in the Bundesliga, is adept at finding space between the lines and sparking counter-attacks.
“He also has plenty of defensive bite and is intelligent in recovering the ball, making 10 interceptions during his full Champions League debut against Manchester City last September,” wrote Reddy.
Liverpool will have to beat other clubs interested in Dahoud, including Tottenham and Dortmund.
Other than Can and Grujic, Liverpool also have Lucas Leiva, Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson who can feature in this position. They’ve also promoted Kevin Stewart from the reserve team. With Allen expected to leave, there’d have to be another departure to imagine these youngsters getting a proper look into the first team.
Nevertheless Gladbach director Max Eberl either doesn’t want to sell him or is fishing for a higher price.
“Mahmoud is an exceptional player and we have no need to sell him,” he said. “He will stay with us.”