There’s a general consensus that there’s little value in the January transfer window, yet there’s still an air of anticipation amongst Liverpool fans as to what moves the club could potentially make this month.
It’s not expected to be a particularly busy period in terms of incoming for the Reds, although there’s usually very little warning before new arrivals are announced, meaning there could well be plenty of deals being discussed behind the scenes.
Furthermore, in contrast to the theory, January has actually tended to deliver some standout transfer success stories for Liverpool in recent times, with winter recruits such as Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho all arriving and then thriving at Anfield.
A popular market for Liverpool throughout the Jurgen Klopp era has been in Germany, where they’ve recruited a host of Bundesliga stars such as Joel Matip, Naby Kieta, Ibrahima Konate and Thiago.
This will in part be as a consequence of both Klopp’s familiarity with the division, and the similarities it shares with the Premier League in terms of style.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of four of the division’s standout performers who Liverpool could potentially target this month, or in the summer.
Ridle Baku – Wolfsburg – 23 – RB
Baku originally rose to prominence at Mainz as a high-energy box-to-box midfielder, yet his skill set has adapted excellently into a right-wing-back role and that’s where he predominantly features for Wolfsburg.
He’s regularly rotated between right-back and right-wing with little in the way of drop off in performance levels.
The 23-year-old is reliable in defence, and a speedy tricky attacker going forward. Last season he bagged six league goals and a further six assists. Now an established German international, this season he’s on two league goals and two assists so far.
David Raum – Hoffenheim – 23 – LB
Raum is a versatile player who has played on the left-wing, as a central midfielder and even as a centre-forward in the past. However, he’s now firmly established as a left-back.
He was one of the standout performers in Bundesliga II last season, registering a league-high 15 assists and helping Furth secure promotion.
He joined Hoffenheim on the back of that impressive campaign and has hit the ground running in Germany’s top tier. He has five league assists to date and boasts the highest Expected Assist (xA) total in the division 6.44.
Denis Zakaria – Borussia Mönchengladbach – 25 – CM
Zakaria is a robust dominating midfielder with a profile that Liverpool could do with.
He’s got a great engine which is enhanced by an imposing physical profile – he stands at 6ft 3in.
The 25-year-old is a master of sitting in front of a defence and breaking up opposition attacks, yet he’ll also often be used in a more box-to-box role, relied upon to get on the ball and drive his team up the pitch.
From all Bundesliga midfielders with five or more league starts this season, he has the sixth-highest average in terms of progressive runs made per 90 (1.81)
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Christopher Nkunku – RB Leipzig – 24 – FW
Nkunku joined Leipzig from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2019 and has been a huge success in Germany ever since, registering 27 goals and 37 assists in just 109 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit.
He’s a dangerous and versatile dribbler who is right-footed but plays different roles across Leipzig’s attack. His record highlights how he’s a threat in terms of not just scoring goals but also creating them.