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Why Liverpool should sign Julian Brandt in the summer

According to a report in Sun (h/t Bild), Premier League giants Liverpool are on red alert after German winger Julian Brandt became available for £22m. Bayer Leverkusen’s star man, who has been in decent form this season, was one of the top targets for Jurgen Klopp two years ago at Anfield.

But the 22-year-old opted against joining a big club, a year before the World Cup. With the German outlet now suggesting that he is available on a cut-price deal, the Reds are keeping their tabs open on signing him in the summer transfer window.

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They are expected to face competition from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, who are also keeping a close eye on the player. However, as per the report, Liverpool’s interest in the past might help them to complete a smooth deal.

Here’s why they should do everything and sign Julian Brandt once the transfer window reopens:

Liverpool can add that extra bit of creativity in their locker

Predominantly a left winger, Brandt is capable of playing on the other side, or operate between the lines behind the striker in that No. 10 position. He has most things in his armoury that could be used to great effect to enhance the creativity of any team in the final third.

On the ball, he can dribble past defenders in tight spaces and create an opening for a pass or shot towards goal. His key passing to open up defences is on the higher side, doing so at an average of 2.7 times per game in the league this season. For that reason, he has scored four goals and supplied seven assists, along with fabricating 61 chances in 23 appearances. (Whoscored.com)

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The German is also good at staying wide and stretching the opposition defence, using his pace to run in behind and cause problems to the full-back. He does not shy away from having a pop at goal when required, adding a different dimension to his game.

All in all, Julian Brandt has few things in his locker that can be useful to the Liverpool team. He can add that bit of extra creative spark, which is required when teams sit deep and defend the width of their penalty box.

Read More: Liverpool must not offload this 27-year-old once he returns from his loan spell and instead aim to retain his services to shore up the full-back department – Here is why

At a mere price of £22m, the 22-year-old could be a shrewd addition, who can make this Reds team better from next season onwards. Hence, the club must do everything to sign him.

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