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Liverpool could make clever £20m signing to solve three transfer problems

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Liverpool could make clever £20m signing to solve three transfer problems

Liverpool are no strangers to making transfer deals that are clever, with countless recent examples under Jurgen Klopp and Michael Edwards.

Come the summer, with the pandemic having restricted them financially and several contracts needing to be renewed too, more of those types of deals could be required. 

And that is why Wolfsburg’s Ridle Baku could be one player who is of interest, as picked out by the Analysing Anfield podcast. Baku has one senior cap for Germany and played several times for them at youth level prior to that too, and formerly played for Klopp’s ex-club, Mainz. 

“He is a right-sided attacker slash right wing-back,” said David Hughes.

He joined Wolfsburg last summer from Mainz and he is only 23. 

“He started with Mainz as a more high-energy box-to-box midfielder but has adapted really well to playing as a right-back or wing-back.He played there for Mainz last season and returned a lot from a goal-scoring perspective, goals and assists, and off the back of that, Wolfsburg swooped in for £8.5m.

He has been really good this year and he is really versatile, having played in midfield and on the right, so that gives you options.

“He has 11 goal contributions this season and five ‘second assists’ as well – the pass before the pass – and his general profile is good.

“He brings a lot to that team and even though he has only been at Wolfsburg for a year, for £8.5m you could envisage a scenario where a bigger side comes in soon and doubles their money.

“He is a player I like and given his versatility, you can kill two birds with one stone with a player who can do both and has genuine output as well.”

Transfermarkt estimates that Baku’s value has now risen to around £20m.

Liverpool need more depth in attack. They might also need to add depth at full-back depending on what happens with Neco Williams, who has drawn interest in previous transfer windows.

And then there is midfield to consider, where Gini Wijnaldum will almost certainly depart and others could possibly follow suit.

Wolfsburg will have taken the attention of many scouts this season,” added Josh Williams.

“They have had a good season and their current coach, Oliver Glasner, is one I’ve tipped as an outside chance for the Tottenham job. 

“They are a really intense pressing team and when you look at the numbers, in the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich are top for attacking pressures in the final third, followed by Wolfsburg. 

“They are third in the league and when an ‘outside’ team does that for a season, you can a few eyes on that squad and clubs look at who they can take.”

Baku could well be near the top of the list, and could make some sense for Liverpool too.

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