Liverpool have recently been linked with Bayer Leverkusen's young attacking midfielder Florian Wirtz. His early season form has caught the eye of many clubs across Europe and as interest in him increases, the likelihood is that his transfer value will as well.
The 18 year old has started the season in spectacular fashion with six goals in eight games and has also now made four appearances for the German national team.
Liverpool Linked With Wirtz But Face Competition
German publication BILD's football head Christian Falk had previously reported that Liverpool have an interest in the player but face competition from Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Bayern Munich.
Falk is well connected in Germany and well known to Liverpool fans as he was insistent that they would sign Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2020.
Bayer Leverkusen Relaxed About Situation
Whilst some of Europe's biggest clubs are circling for Wirtz, Bayer Leverkusen are relaxed about the situation as evidenced when Sporting Director Simon Rolfes spoke to Stats Perform about the situation recently.
"He has a long contract until 2026. We do not have to sell players early. We want to develop him, develop our team and club with him."
"So, there are rumours, okay. You cannot avoid that, but it's not our goal to sell him."
"The players at one time or point in their career make the next step to world-class level, that's okay for us, but not too early. He is a really young player."
"That was also with Kai – he was also extraordinary and some years with us and then maybe there's the next step. But not too early."
The freshening up of midfield and options in attack at Liverpool is a priority over the next 12 to 24 months.
All of Liverpool's front three who have been so brilliant under Jurgen Klopp will hit 30 this season hence help is needed from more that just Diogo Jota to provide the necessary competition and backup.
The huge uplift in Wirtz's form is attracting interest from a lot of clubs and the danger is that if Liverpool are serious about the player that they may have to enter a bidding war.
There are other examples, with Erling Haaland being the main one, where the Reds have waited and then seen the player's price explode. If they are going to make a move for Wirtz therefore, it needs to happen sooner rather than later.
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