Liverpool still want to sign €20m-rated Bundesliga playmaker

Merseyside club are keeping close tabs on Schalke playmaker Amine Harit, as Jurgen Klopp potentially hoping to strike a deal with his good friend David Wagner. Many of the world’s greatest footballing talents have graduated with flying colours from the Veltins Arena finishing school in recent years.

Mesut Ozil, Manuel Neuer, Leroy Sane, Julian Draxler, Ilkay Gundogan and Joel Matip all rose through the ranks in Gelsenkirchen, and Morocco international is dancing and prancing down a well-trodden path. Amine exploded onto the scene two years ago amid comparisons with the legendary Zinedine Zidane.

Yet anyone who has watched Harit float like a butterfly and sting like a bee in Germany this campaign will have to admit that there is something very Zizou about the way the playmaker pirouettes away from challenges and splits defences like a knife through warm butter. He became a key figure for the Miners over the years.

The 22-year-old playmaker has scored five goals in 11 Bundesliga matches since David Wagner took over at Schalke, winning games almost single-handedly for Germany’s sleeping giants. Moroccan attacker’s game-changing displays have caught the eye of Klopp, who might have to have a few conversations with his ally in the Schalke hot seat.

Amine is valued at nearly £17m, a pocket change fee for a club like Merseyside club. Harit is a regular member of the national team line-up which is already a big achievement for the playmaker. Liverpool signed several players during the summer transfer window like Sepp van den Berg from Zwolle and Harvey Elliott from Fulham.