Liverpool have a lot of work to do this summer if they’re to establish themselves as contenders for Premier League glory and Jurgen Klopp is eyeing a host of top names in a summer spree.
The Daily Mirror says the Reds are preparing to rival Tottenham Hotspur and Everton in the transfer market for the services of Schalke ace Max Meyer, with the German international tipped to move on after the Bundesliga outfit’s poor campaign.
21-year-old Meyer, who has four senior appearances for Germany, will be keen to push his way into Joachim Lowe’s World Cup squad next summer and a move away from Schalke could be decisive- as the German side sit ninth in the table, a long way off European football.
Meyer will want to be playing at the highest level to boost his chances of making the squad and Liverpool are prepared to offer than opportunity, with the Reds pursuing a cut-price deal that would cost a fraction of the £45m Schalke wanted last summer.
Will Meyer be on the move?
It’s highly-likely that Max Meyer’s services will be there to scrap for this summer, as the German ace will enter the final 12 months of his contract- and Schalke have recently admitted it’s 50/50 as to whether their youngster stays or goes.
If Meyer does not extend his deal with the German outfit, his services could be available for as little as £17m as Schalke would be forced to consider a cut-price deal rather than risk losing the 21-year-old’s services for free at the end of next season.
For that price-tag though, a wealth of top-sides across Europe will be put on alert and any interested party, including Liverpool, will face a battle to land the services of the German ace.
Where would Meyer fit in at Liverpool?
The biggest question for Liverpool is where exactly Max Meyer would fit into Jurgen Klopp’s set-up. An attacking midfielder by trade, Meyer would find himself competing with the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane for a starting spot.
However, with Coutinho’s future at Anfield remaining under scrutiny, Meyer could be seen as a direct replacement for the Brazilian and a sale of Coutinho would still leave plenty of cash to spend after the potential arrival of Meyer.
Given the interest in Meyer’s services though, a top-four finish is likely to be crucial in Liverpool’s attempts to persuade the German ace to move to Anfield though as rival clubs in the market would be able to offer Champions League football.