Recruitment of players who have developed in the Red Bull system has become a recurring theme for Liverpool.
From Sadio Mané to Near Keita to Takumi Minamino, Liverpool have shown a preference for Red Bull graduates. Back in December 2019, it even asked Red Bull Salzburg to release a fascinating tweet asking who would make the trip to Anfield in 2022.
Liverpool dropped the gun by a year, stripping yet another Red Bull product in Ibrahima Konaté. This will only have done so to forge even closer ties with a stable of clubs that would like to do business with Michael Edwards and vice versa – and in 2022 Liverpool could still look back to Leipzig or Salzburg for a new signing.
Red Bull race players first for Jürgen Klopp’s counterpress system. Their fast-paced, high-intensity football is exactly the same model that Liverpool follow, which is why Red Bull makes such a great shopping destination for the club.
And with 2022 just around the corner, the question is who could be the next Red Bull product to be slammed by Liverpool?
Liverpool have reportedly taken an interest in Patson Daka and will continue to monitor Erling Haaland’s situation at Borussia Dortmund, according to rumors. But they could try to buy the duo’s heir instead if they enter the market for a number nine next summer.
Šeško scored 18 goals in his last 17 matches for Salzburg’s second team, Liefering, in the Austrian second division last season and he started Salzburg’s 2021/22 campaign a score from a cameo from the bench in just his second match for the first of the club team.
Šeško fits the profile of a Liverpool player. He is technically savvy, good at pushing aggressively and is blessed with fast pace. Last season he clocked a top speed that was faster than Kylian Mbappé.
It’s no secret somewhere on the line Liverpool will be on the hunt to recruit a new striker, and if 18-year-old Šeško stays on for Salzburg, he will be hard to overlook.
When asked which coach he wanted to work under last year, Dominik Szoboszlai gave a simple answer:
“I really like Jürgen Klopp. The kind of person he is, the way he inspires the team, that they can come back from any situation, for me he is the best coach in the world.”
The Hungarian international has excelled in Salzburg over the last two seasons, scoring 26 goals and recording 35 assists in 83 appearances.
In 2021/22, Szoboszlai will have the opportunity to prove himself at a higher stage working under Jesse Marsch at RB Leipzig. Injury limited his season last year and ruined his Euro 2020 hopes, but the 20-year-old will bounce back strongly and could take the Bundesliga by storm.
Szoboszlai is technically with a toxic shot, and has the pace and energy to fit into Klopp’s heavy metal football. A future move is not off the cards.
Adeyemi was close to moving to Liverpool before opting for Red Bull Salzburg in 2018, but Klopp’s side would likely continue the 19-year-old.
Adeyemi is gradually being integrated into Salzburg’s first team after catching sight of Liefering in recent seasons.
He averaged a goal as an assistant 1.24 times per 90 for Salzburg’s first team last season, scoring nine goals and recording 11 assists in just 1,248 minutes of action.
Adeyemi is fast, but he can also be physical. He showed his ability to be devastating on the counter-attack in the Champions League group stage last season, scoring a spectacular solo goal against Lokomotiv Moscow.
Adeyemi won the ball through his aggressive pressure and launched a quick counter, which ended with him hitting the ball in the back of the net.
If he has more such moments, the interest of Klopp, Edwards and Lijnders will surely be picked up.
Nicknamed ‘the computer’, Enock Mwepu has just completed a move to Brighton in the Premier League. However, if he proves his worth, he could be set for bigger and better things in the future.
Mwepu is a young Liverpool fan who called playing at Anfield a ‘dream’ and who, according to his former coach Lee Kawanu, could make the same impact in the game as Yaya Touré.
Mwepu is an excellent presser, good in the progress of the ball and also brilliant on the defensive side of the game. His physicality and pace would make him well-suited for Liverpool, and the fact that he grew up supporting the Reds could also help facilitate the move.
One good season in Brighton may be all Klopp and co need to call.
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