With Weston McKennie being linked with a move to England, it felt like a matter of time until links to Liverpool began to emerge.
The Reds could be in the market for a midfielder this summer, and Jurgen Klopp has a great knowledge of the German market.
Add in that McKennie being a United States international could be an appealing aspect commercially for the club’s American owners, and Liverpool made sense as a potential destination.
Bild reported on Thursday night that Everton and Newcastle United both want to sign McKennie, with a fee of around €25million (£22.5million) suggested.
Just a day later, 90Min reported that Liverpool are indeed interested in signing McKennie, and have in fact ramped up their pursuit of him.
McKennie’s energy and versatility will make him appealing to Klopp, and Liverpool may hope that they have a trump card over Everton and Newcastle in the race.
McKennie’s boss is David Wagner, who was Klopp’s best man at his wedding back in 2005. The pair have kept a strong relationship over the years, and this could play into Liverpool’s hands.
For one thing, Wagner’s style of play is somewhat similar to Klopp’s, meaning McKennie may be able to see himself making an impact in a setup he may view as being familiar.
Liverpool have enough pulling power themselves, but Wagner would certainly be able to speak highly of Klopp if McKennie needed any more information.
Klopp’s relationship with Wagner could help Liverpool here, and with competition for McKennie’s signature, every small advantage could help.
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