Liverpool missed Sadio Mane badly when he spent a month at the Africa Cup of Nations.
While Jurgen Klopp is likely to prioritise signings defenders – and quite possibly a goalkeeper – this summer, that must have also alerted him to the need to sign another attacking wide player.
Bayer Leverkusen’s Julian Brandt may well be their man, reports the Mirror.
The winger, who is likely to cost £20million, is on the Reds’ radar, but it’s not going to be easy to convince him to move to Anfield, with Bayern Munich already speaking to him.
It’s thought that the 20-year-old is indeed talking to the Bavarians, and Liverpool can’t even be certain that they will have Champions League football to offer him next season.
The German under-21 international is expected to leave Leverkusen, who are just 10th in the Bundesliga. Yet, it may be best for his chances with the senior side that he remains in his homeland, and that could make an ageing Bayern side the perfect place for him to gain experience.