• ‘Liverpool a great fit for Ozil-esque Havertz’

    Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz,

    Kai Havertz would be a ‘great fit’ for Liverpool, says former Reds star Don Hutchison, but competition to sign a player ‘far too good for Bayer Leverkusen’ is expected to be fierce in the next transfer window.

    The highly rated 20-year-old nudged his value up a little further in his most recent outing, as he bagged a brace in a 3-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach.

    With all eyes on the Bundesliga at present, as other leading European divisions wait on a green light amid the coronavirus pandemic, Havertz finds himself very much in the shop window.

    His potential was already registering on recruitment radars across Europe, but a scramble for his signature is seemingly set to intensify.

    The youngster is said to have plenty of Premier League suitors, with Liverpool among them, but La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid are also ready to make their move.

    Hutchison can see why a hot prospect is generating so much interest, as he looks to be ‘a taller, faster version of Mesut Ozil’, and a man who spent four years of his playing career at Anfield would love to see Havertz follow in his footsteps on Merseyside.

    The ex-Reds midfielder told ESPN FC: ‘I think he’s far too good for Leverkusen. I think he goes to the very biggest clubs in Europe and I think he walks into most sides.

    ‘He’s certainly got to fight for his place but the talent’s there at 20 years of age.

    ‘The one player I would liken him to is a taller, faster version of Mesut Ozil. I think he plays off the left-hand side, through the middle, he’s predominantly left-footed, he’s very silky, easy on the eye.

    ‘So again, yes, Liverpool would be a great fit, but even Barca rate him that highly they are willing to trade three players for him.’

    While a big-money move appears to be a case of when, not if, Havertz has been warned against rushing into a transfer – especially one to the Premier League.

    Former Leverkusen and Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has told Betfair: ‘There’s a lot of talk that Liverpool, Chelsea and other teams are interested in him, so now he needs to be careful, not let that go to his head and stay focused on his game.

    ‘He has enough quality and if he continues the way he is going teams will still be there, they won’t go away. All eyes are on the Bundesliga at the moment and when you score goals and play good football it is no surprise that teams like Liverpool want you.

    ‘I would like to see Havertz in the Premier League at some point, but not right now. I think it is a bit too early for him, I want to see him play more games, score more goals and get more confidence and maturity.’

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