Liverpool rolled out the red carpet for Kai Havertz when the German midfielder visited Melwood in October ahead of a potential move, Football Whispers and Liverpool Echo claim.
Jürgen Klopp, Steven Gerrard and Philippe Coutinho were all in attendance to greet Havertz and his agent as the club went on the charm offensive to convince the youngster, tipped to be the ‘new Mesut Özil’, that Liverpool was the best place for him to develop.
Back in June, Football Whispers exclusively revealed the Reds were interested in Bayer Leverkusen duo Havertz and Benjamin Henrichs.
Havertz signed a new five-year deal at the BayArena in July but it appears as though this was more to protect his value after the Bundesliga side granted him permission to visit Merseyside.
The 18-year-old has been in fine form this season, assisting three goals in just five starts as well as netting four times for Germany’s Under-19s in a match at which Liverpool scouts in attendance.
Havertz has been compared to German legend Michael Ballack and, while there are some similarities to the former Chelsea midfielder, his game has shades of Marco Reus and Mario Götze, two players Klopp help develop.
Despite the array of talent in their academy, the Reds are said to be going on a youthful recruitment drive. Along with Havertz, Liverpool are rumoured to be interested in 17-year-old Fortuna Sittard captan Per Schurrs.
The centre-back had a trial with the club earlier this year and Liverpool remain interested in bringing him to Merseyside.
The duo undoubtedly have the potential to become world class players down the line and bringing them to Anfield would be shrewd recruitment on the part of the club, if deals can be completed.
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