Talks are underway to take Florian Neuhaus to Anfield and former Liverpool star and current Bundesliga journalist Dietmar Hamann says his value could triple with the Reds.
Florian Plettenberg initially reported for Sport1 that Klopp wants Neuhaus after talks were held in the last week. He went on to say that it will cost over €40million but there is no release clause so Michael Edwards will need to reach an agreement with Gladbach over a fee which could complicate matters.
The journalist also told the Liverpool Echo: “Klopp knows the [agent] of Neuhaus and the [agent] of Neuhaus knows Klopp very well, so it could be the perfect match – he would fit very well.”
Now, via his Twitter account, Plettenberg reports: “Update [on] Neuhaus: Liverpool are definitely a highly interesting option for the player. A concrete offer for him is expected. It’s also up to Klopp. However, a decision on his future will be made after the EUROs.”
The journalist says the decision to sign Neuhaus ultimately rests with Klopp which doesn’t come as a surprise given that was something the German manager demanded when he joined the club.
Dietmar Hamann on Neuhaus to Liverpool
Hamann, formerly of Liverpool, now works as a Bundesliga journalist and he says that the Reds should not pay more than £25million to sign Neuhaus.
Didi Hamann told The Athletic: “I think €40 million would be a bit steep. I think you’d be able to get him for less. About £25 million would be right in my eyes.
“He’s got the potential to kick on and be worth double or even treble that in a few years.”
As an expert on midfielders and German footballers in general, Didi speaks as from a place of authority but it seems unlikely that Borussia Monchengladbach would sell the 24-year-old for such a low price given he’s still got three years left on his contract.
While John Barnes doesn’t believe that Georginio Wijnaldum will be a big miss for the Reds, there can be no denying how important the Dutchman has been to Liverpool over the last five years.
His energy, dynamism and ball retention were hugely important to Liverpool winning the Champions League in 2019 and the Premier League in 2020 so I don’t think you can say that he wasn’t an important player for the Reds.
It’s a pity we never got to see the version of him that Holland supporters have grown used to as he is an attacking force for his country but hopefully we will be able to see him combine with Neymar and Mbappe next season to great effect.