If he watched on in awe as Liverpool destroyed Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-final first-leg at Anfield on Wednesday night, Julian Brandt might have felt that he was right to stay at Bayer Leverkusen for the time being.
Because if this young German starlet cannot command a guaranteed place in Leverkusen’s starting line up right now, the chances of him forcing his way into Jurgen Klopp’s XI ahead of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane would be slim indeed.
But Brandt has put speculation about his future to one side for the time being and has instead committed his future to Leverkusen by signing an extended two-year deal, which means he could be at the club until 2021.
“I see that something really big is growing here. The recent contract extensions of Jonathan Tah and Lars Bender have shown that. We want to win titles,” Brandt claimed with his Leverkusen side, who flirted with relegation last season, fifth in the table and in with an excellent shout of a return to the Champions League with one of the most talented young squads in Germany.
Brandt may be right to stay. Almost every member of Liverpool’s squad has taken their game to another level under Klopp and the 21-year-old German is a player of world class potential who would fit in perfectly to his compatriots gameplan at Anfield.
But, on current form, Brandt would be nowhere near the Liverpool starting XI and he has a long way to go yet.
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