Liverpool may already know who their next Red Bull signing could be
Buying players on the back of strong international tournaments is generally not advisable, with market values typically skyrocketing due to the spotlight and high profile performance.
Liverpool’s recruitment policy has received much more attention in recent years; the club do their due diligence and make sure players tick almost all of the boxes before investing in their services, while minimizing potential risks.
Impulse transfers based on short-term success tend to be avoided by the Reds, but Dani Olmo will almost certainly have caught the attention of the club’s scouting department on Tuesday night.
The Spaniard played Italy at Wembley in the Euro 2020 semi-finals and although his side eventually suffered a penalty shoot-out loss he was one of the stars of the clash.
At just 23 years old, Olmo is approaching the age that Liverpool typically target for attacking players and Jurgen Klopp is reportedly keen on an attacking addition to his ranks in the near future.
Importantly, the Spain international is currently under contract with RB Leipzig after leaving Dinamo Zagreb 18 months ago for around £ 20million with Liverpool establishing a relationship with the clubs under the Red Bull brand.
Since Klopp’s arrival in Merseyside, Sadio Mane, Naby Keita, Takumi Minamino and Ibrahima Konate have signed, each having already passed or joined directly from Leipzig or Red Bull Salzburg.
Timo Werner was also widely followed last summer ahead of his possible move to Chelsea, meaning that while Olmo shone in Tuesday’s fight on the biggest stage, it is highly likely that Liverpool are already aware of his development.
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Olmo’s role for Spain also matched a future move to Anfield, as he was deployed in the middle as a false nine, with Alvaro Morata starting from the bench.
Despite his role against Italy, Olmo typically plays as an attacking midfielder or a wide player, these positions capturing his impressive versatility.
Klopp favors such a quality of attack, with Mane, Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah able to occupy different spaces on the pitch while maintaining a high level of threat.
He’s complete, used to a pressing approach, has many valuable offensive qualities attached to his game, and he still has plenty of room to improve under a masterful coach such as Klopp.
A move for Olmo seems somewhat unlikely this summer given his fairly recent move from Croatia to Germany, but based on Liverpool’s tendency to recruit the best talent from the Red Bull network, an offer could very easily come to fruition. in the future.