Klopp ‘eyes’ €20m Czech star to replace Firmino at Liverpool

Date published: Wednesday 2nd March 2022 10:31 - Will Ford

Adam Hlozek Sparta Prague

Liverpool are ‘closely following’ Adam Hlozek and could make a move for the 19-year-old this summer.

Hlozek came up through the Czech side’s academy and has notched 36 goals and 33 assists in 118 appearances since being promoted to the first team in 2018.

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Used as a No.9 and a second striker, the 19-year-old has managed eight goals and 12 assists in all competitions this term.

That form has seen him linked with both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, but Jeanes Footeux (via Sport Witness) claim Liverpool are also in the mix.

The report claims Hlozek could be a replacement for Divock Origi, whose Liverpool deal expires in June, while the ‘steady decline’ of Roberto Firmino is also said to be a factor in their thinking.

Hlozek has ‘caught the eye of Jurgen Klopp’ and the Reds are ‘closely following’ his performances for Sparta Prague.

The Czech Republic international’s contract expires in 2024 and the report states that an offer of around €20m should be enough to convince Sparta to part with the striker.

Meanwhile, Klopp has lauded the “incredible impact” of neuroscience experts neuro11 on his Liverpool side, as they look to aid his players with set pieces.

“Incredible impact,” said Klopp when asked what effect they had had.

“They are a fixed part of our coaching staff. They are not here all the time, they are in Germany obviously but they come over quite frequently.

“They were here for the last week, before that they were here for five days.

“All the players are really excited about it and it’s about bringing specific players before a set-piece in the right mindset by doing the stuff we do on the pitch.

“Everything gets measured, they are neuroscientists and it’s incredibly interesting and incredibly important to us.

“It’s a very interesting new chapter for us because it’s not only penalties, although in the last week it was a lot about penalties because of the upcoming final. It’s about free-kicks, all kind of set-pieces as well.

“It’s about the confidence they gave the boys that they really can do it and I’m really happy about it.”


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