Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool were apparently willing to pay £15m to sign Gross from Premier League rivals Brighton and Hove Albion.

Brighton and Hove Albion playmaker Pascal Gross has admitted that he was honoured to be linked with a move to Liverpool, speaking to Goal.

A £3 million signing from Ingolstadt in the summer of 2017, Gross has been absolutely integral to Chris Hughton’s side over the last two years. The German’s tally of seven goals and eight assists inspired Brighton to safety in their first ever Premier League campaign in 2017/18.

And while his form has dipped slightly in his second season at The Amex, Gross has still found himself linked with one of the biggest clubs in European football – Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

The Mirror reported in December that The Reds were planning a £15 million for the 27-year-old with Klopp having tracked the gifted midfielder since his time in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund.

And while Gross has played down speculation of a move to Anfield, he is thrilled to see his name linked with such clubs.

“Of course it is an honour when such rumours arise, but I have not heard anything concrete,” Gross told Goal, while admitting that he dreams of forcing his way into Joachim Low’s Germany squad for the first time.

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