Liverpool have earmarked Max Meyer as a potential summer buy, and that much has been made clear by the German club’s sporting director Christian Heidel.
The young playmaker’s contract expires in 2018, meaning that unless he extends his deal, he’ll likely be available for a decent price come the end of this season – when he’ll have just one year remaining on his contract.
Heidel said he has spoken to Klopp about Meyer, but doesn’t know if a deal is necessarily in the pipeline.
“I last had contact with Klopp after our Europa League match at Gladbach. Is he close to joining Liverpool? I’d argue that I’d know about anything in that direction,” he said, cited in the Echo.
“A new contract? You talk about a new deal when both sides are happy.”
Heidel’s last sentence indicates an extension isn’t especially likely right now, meaning the player could become available this summer.
Meyer is young, German and extremely talented, so ticks a lot of Klopp’s boxes.
However, we’re not especially impressed with his form this season. He’s scored just one Bundesliga goal and failed to register an assist, which is not the kind of return we expect from someone who could enter our frontline.
Meyer would definitely be a backup at Liverpool, but it’s experienced, top-notch first-teamers we need to stop happening what went down in January – when we flopped monumentally.