Liverpool are ready to step up their interest in Borussia Moenchengladbach midfielder Florian Neuhaus, according to reports in Germany.
This season he has scored six goals and chipped in with six assists as the German outfit finished eighth in the Bundesliga.
German media recently said that Neuhaus had signed a pre-contract agreement with Bayern Munich to join in 2022, but the player has refuted those suggestions.
There have also been repeated reports of Liverpool interest with Sport Bild claiming that it is ‘highly conceivable’ that Neuhaus could end up at Anfield this summer.
Jurgen Klopp is reportedly on the lookout for a midfielder to replace Georginio Wijnaldum at Anfield with the Dutchman joining Paris Saint-Germain when his Liverpool contract expires at the end of this month.
Wijnaldum had been a key cog in Klopp’s midfield with Liverpool winning a Premier League and Champions League over the last three seasons.
A recent report claimed Klopp plans on playing Thiago Alcantara further forward this season but a new midfielder is still top of the club’s recruitment list.
And now Sport 1 reporter Florian Plettenberg claims that Liverpool is ‘definitely a highly interesting option for’ Neuhaus and a ‘concrete offer for him is expected’ from the Reds shortly.
Any deal is, of course, ‘up to Klopp’ and that any ‘decision on his future will be made after the Euros’ with Neuhaus representing Germany at the summer tournament.
Meanwhile, speaking in May, former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey told HITC that the midfielder would “suit” the Reds.
Heskey said: “I think they’ve missed that (sort of player) since Coutinho. Someone who can get in those pockets, travel with the ball and start committing defenders to come out of those spaces which they can exploit.
“We don’t really have that at this moment in time. I thought Curtis Jones could be one of those but when you’re in and out of the team, like he is, it’s difficult – especially when you’re a young lad as well!
“So someone like (Neuhaus) would suit Liverpool in the way that they play. Someone who can really drive with the ball.
“If you just sit in your zones, then it’s difficult to actually break teams down. If you can have someone with a bit of creativity, who starts pulling players all over the place, that’s what you need.”