Liverpool are set for a close look at a transfer ‘target’ who is a true speedster, eclipsing Erling Haaland and Alphonso Davies. FSG will hope they have not made an error.
With the January transfer window underway, Premier League teams are back to conducting business and wading into the market in order to elevate their sides. Liverpool have already dipped their toes in, signing Cody Gakpo from PSV, and that may not be the only acquisition Jürgen Klopp makes this winter.
Time will tell whether Liverpool opts to pursue a midfielder or decide to wait it out until the summer transfer window. But that’s a mystery that only those who can look into the future are able to know. Us mortals will be left wondering until the deadline shuts.
One deal that is definitely happening, though, and one Liverpool transfer ‘target’ who certainly won’t be coming to Anfield but is definitely heading to the Premier League, is Kevin Schade.
According to German outlet NTV Liverpool have been keeping an eye on the youngster since the summer of 2021, but he has now decided to join Brentford. The Bees confirmed his signature via the club’s official website on an initial loan deal that they expect to make permanent in the summer.
This could be the case of another one bites the dust for Liverpool. However, with Schade joining Brentford, he certainly won’t be out of reach for FSG should he catch the eye in the Premier League. His price tag will no doubt shoot up, as the Reds have found with Moisés Caicedo, so in that respect it looks like another potential ‘error’ — but Klopp will at least get a close look at the apparent transfer target.
An explosive winger with the speed to trouble any opponent, Schade clocked a top speed of 36.37 km/h in the Bundesliga during his debut season, beating Erling Haaland and Alphonso Davies in the race.
He may only have 10 goal contributions in 36 first team appearances with Freiburg, but those appearances amount to a modest 1312 minutes, which is the equivalent of just over 14 and a half full matches. That means he contributed to 0.68 goals per 90 minutes, an extremely good return.
With six goal contributions in five appearances for Germany’s U21 side, Schade’s prolific nature is even more impressive playing in a dominant side, as you would expect.
Those are strong numbers and if he can replicate something similar in the Premier League than he could well and truly emerge on the radar of Liverpool again. Searing pace on par with Haaland and Davies will certainly not hurt.
Schade is exactly the type of player Jürgen Klopp likes to work with. He has the explosive speed that is a quintessential trait of any Liverpool forward, and the energy and intelligence to press and get into dangerous areas to cause problems to opposition defences.
Brentford have likely landed a coup in Schade, but Liverpool’s pursuit of him should not be over just yet. FSG may have to take a hit on price, but this is a speedster they may well eventually want to add to the ranks.