While some Liverpool fans feel manager Jurgen Klopp should have invested in more key areas of the team this summer, the Anfield boss himself is unhappy at missing out on one particular, and unexpected, top target.
Nottingham Forest prospect Oliver Burke joined Red Bull Leipzig in the Bundesliga having been scouted by top European clubs including Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Arsenal as well as the Reds.
Burke, 19, enjoyed a spectacular start to the Championships season with Forest, scoring four times in four starts with his performances not only catching the eye of top clubs but also that of Gordon Strachan. The Scotland boss called the youngster up for their opening World Cup qualifier away to Malta this weekend, with Burke hoping to add to his two caps for his nation.
The Sun has reported that Klopp had earmarked the player as one for the future and is furious that his scouts have let the winger slip through their grasp with his surprise move to Germany for a reported £15 million.
Burke is now the most expensive Scottish player of all time and Klopp feels Liverpool will live to regret taking their eye off the ball and missing out on the future star, just as the club did under Brendan Rodgers in 2015 they stalled on a deal for MK Dons player Dele Alli, allowing Tottenham to swoop in and seal an agreement.
RB Leipzig were only founded in 2009 and achieved three promotions in five years to rise up the leagues. With the club now in their first ever Bundesliga campaign, the club are showing they intend to become a major force in Germany with the signing of Burke, dubbed the new Gareth Bale.
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena
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