Bayer Leverkusen’s ‘Sonaldo’ could be the Luis Suarez stand-in Liverpool need

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Linked with a move to Anfield back in April, the £12-million-rated Son Heung-min may have been the forward Liverpool needed to sign this summer.

In the same weekend that saw Liverpool record a third consecutive Premier League loss with a 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace, 24 hours earlier and some 800 kilometres east of Selhurst Park a rumoured Reds target was showing why he is considered one of the hottest properties in the game.

Bayer Leverkusen forward Son Heung-min has long been lined up for a Premier League switch, with the Merseysiders chief among the list of potential suitors, having been linked to the 22-year-old both last April and prior to his move from Hamburg to Leverkusen.

Valued at around £12 million according to recent reports, the South Korea international is best deployed in a supporting striker role, while he is also capable of playing on either wing.

Capable of cutting inside and shooting with often devastating effect, Leverkusen recruited the attacker from Bundesliga strugglers Hamburg back in the summer of 2013, after seeing him score 12 goals during his final season with Die Rothosen.

A regular in the Leverkusen first team, Son scored 12 goals last term and provided a further seven assists to help the club qualify for the Champions League, and he has started the current campaign in blistering form.

In just 19 competitive appearances the forward has found the net 11 times, alongside two assists and was on target yet again over the weekend, scoring with a fine goal in a 3-1 away win against Hannover.

Previously linked to Liverpool, the Reds may have ultimately balked at the price tag attached to the player, particular in the wake of Shinji Kagawa’s failure to adapt following his move from the Bundesliga to the Premier League.

But with Mario Balotelli so far failing to impress and the club also struggling to adjust to life after Luis Suarez, a move for Son could be a risk worth taking.

A speedy, intelligent player who is most effective when attacking on the break, the 22-year-old has already been dubbed 'Sonaldo' in Germany and has the potential to be a world-class operator in the Premier League.

He could also provide support and cover for the current midfield options, alleviating the pressure on other young stars like Raheem Sterling.

Much could depend on the progress of Leverkusen in Europe – progress with the German club and a mid-season move looks out of the question, but exit early and Son could be an option come January.

Otherwise Liverpool may have to wait until the summer, though it could yet prove to be worth it.

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