The two players who have been lighting it up in German Bundesliga are Kai Havertz & Timo Werner.
They are the talk right now in European football with speculations of them moving away from Bundesliga.
Liverpool is in the mix of it all, since both have been heavily linked with.
It was all mere rumours & speculation about Kai Havertz to Liverpool until yesterday.
A reliable source in Christian Falk of the German SportBild confirmed that Bayer Leverkusen are expecting a bid from Liverpool over a possible summer move with Bayern Munich & a big Spanish club also interested.
This came to light on twitter when DaveOCKOP retweeted/broke the news in his tweet sending everyone in a frenzy.
Even though Kai Havertz is a 20 y/o, there’s no denying about the fact that he is performing exceptionally at the highest level since 2018 with 7 caps for Germany already.
He scored 20 goals last season becoming youngest ever player to reach 50 league appearances in Bundesliga.
Along with that he is Bayer Leverkusen’s youngest ever goal scorer.
Havertz has also become the youngest player in Bundesliga to reach 100 appearances too.
Kai Havertz, a protégé..
There is a reason why he’s called “Alleskönner” by the German media meaning “a player who can do anything”.
It can be put simply.
Kai Havertz is not only a goal scoring midfielder but he has all the necessary tools needed in a midfielder.
He’s an all-round midfielder, a creative one at that.
Havertz have spoken about Özil as his role model & someone he looks up to the way he plays but he’s more aggressive than Özil off the ball.
A very technically gifted midfielder who is primarily an attacking midfielder.
This lad is equally good with both of his feet, a two-footed midfielder.
However, recently there has been a shift in his style.
He has grown to be more of an adaptable player according to the situation & needs of his team.
The ability to fit in a system he has to play in & be played in.
He can work as an orchestrator (anchoring) in the midfield to being a box-to-box or a no.10.
A good work rate, can press & when going forward has the dribbling ability.
For any player who can play different roles in midfield adequately requires some serious agility, close body control, swift feet, ball control, vision, passing (short & long + killer passes), intelligence & ability to create chances.
Kai Havertz, in fact not only has it all, he does it all that is why he has been compared to the likes of Kroos, Vidal & Ballack.
All three different types of player in every way but seen in Kai Havertz.
I won’t deny the fact that he isn’t an ordinary talent.
He is not, at all.
The way he plays, shows it.
Makes sense for Liverpool?
The conundrum for Liverpool.
The midfield will need strengthening next season.
Lallana is on his way out.
Milner for his age can give us one season max, that too not as a regular.
Gini Wijnaldum’s situation right now is uncertain, he’s open to a move away.
Henderson has 3-4 seasons in him & he needs an understudy.
Naby Keita has been below the expectations. No one expected him to be this injury prone.
But that is how it is.
Lucky for him Liverpool has been exceptional so his absence doesn’t make a difference.
Klopp has built a team which doesn’t revolve around one player.
The no.8 jersey has not been justified up until now.
He has a lot of age on his side but reality is can not be relied upon.
So, Liverpool will be short in midfield.
And midfield is the one position Klopp most frequently rotates.
The midfield of Liverpool makes everything tick. It is our utmost vital component.
The most pragmatic in the world.
Minamino isn’t the type of midfielder Liverpool thrives upon.
Also, he came in as a back up squad player for a no.9 role or a no.10 and as a winger.
And then there is AFCON dates in January where Liverpool will lose Mane & Salah.
Liverpool could lose Salah early, Olympics for his national side, if called upon before AFCON.
Shaqiri could leave to Roma for €30m in the summer.
All of this puts Liverpool in a jam, which would require a quality squad depth for all competitions.
If Liverpool are to maintain their dominance, they need to keep moving forward with long term prospects aligned with the short term goals.
We would need quality to keep on marching where we leave it off.
That is why fingers directly point to Werner & Havertz.
The price tag?
It should be kept in mind that Bayer Leverkusen is one of those clubs in Europe who has given us some of the best talents in the world in the past; Ballak, Berbatov, Ze Roberto, Lucio, Vidal, Kroos, Bernd Schneider, Neuville, Schurrle to name a few.
This club isn’t new to producing serious talents.
When they give the freedom & appraisal to a 20 y/o like that, you know it is something of a serious magnitude.
But those were polished/proven talents & didn’t cost much.
Now, it is different & Bayer Leverkusen have set a price tag of €130m for Havertz.
Which is way too much for a 20 y/o.
Even though there is no denying about his qualities but for a 20 y/o who is still too young is too much.
There is still a barrier of not knowing where his career may lead to.
Even though extreme potential yet still unproven & doesn’t guarantee a potent success especially for €130m.
It is true he scored 20 goals last season but this season he has scored 4 with 2 assists.
Kai Havertz won’t come in & be a regular starter at Liverpool yet if Klopp wants him then F.S.G won’t find the price tag a problem.
Klopp & F.S.G have set a model of signing players of age group of 19-24 & he’s one of them.
Klopp is a master at developing players to be world class & players want to play & develop under him.
So, why not?
Could he be the ideal understudy to Henderson, the one to succeed him, no?
There’s an added mystery of how Liverpool strategize their signings with a “ploy-decoy” tactic.
Were Mbappe & Sancho talks a tactic to sign Havertz?
It won’t be the first time Liverpool do this.
Ideal player, if Liverpool & Klopp sign him it won’t be for €130m, surely.