Emil Forsberg: Red Bull Leipzig revelation linked with Liverpool


The Swede would be a great addition to Jürgen Klopp’s team as the Reds look to spend this January, writes Sam May.

Forsberg’s agent Hasan Cetinkaya has suggested his client could swap the Bundesliga for the Premier League, with both the Merseysiders and Leicester interested in his services. It comes after the Reds were rebuffed in their attempts to persuade Christian Pulisic to make the move to Anfield.

His rise has been remarkable and he helped his team to second place in the Bundesliga, three points behind Bayern Munich, nine points ahead of Borussia Dortmund who sit in sixth. Leipzig are the most hated club in Germany but one of the most exciting in Europe and the 25-year-old has played a huge part.

He would be the perfect addition with Sadio Mané set to depart to the AFCON with Senegal. Having scored five goals and made nine assists in 16 appearances, Forsberg is the man Liverpool need.

Like many Liverpool players, Forsberg creates space to exploit in. Work rate and desire is a key element to his game and this is an important trait of Klopp’s. The attacker is good at showing calmness and composure to thread perfectly weighted ball’s through. So far this season, he has averaged 1.4 tackles and 1.8 interceptions per 90 minutes.

There has also been subject of interest from Everton, with Ronald Koeman also keen on securing his services as he looks to re-build. Valued at £20 million, Forsberg has a contract with the German outfit until 2021. He is versatile, hardworking, a clear goal threat and at 25 he still has time to develop and grow.

He is able to play in the No. 10 role even though he is primarily a winger. At Leipzig, the wide players do move further in field to support the centre midfielders – the perfect addition for ‘Klopp’s Red Army’.


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