Liverpool boss Klopp wanted €125m duo instead of Salah and Wijnaldum

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 17: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates with teammates Georginio Wijnaldum and Andy Robertson after scoring his sides third goal during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool at Vitality Stadium on December 17, 2017 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)


Liverpool could have signed two players instead of Mo Salah and Georginio Wijnaldum, according to a report.

Salah made an incredible start to life at Anfield, winning the Golden Boot in his first season following his move from Roma.

However, according to the Liverpool Echo, Jurgen Klopp’s first choice target was Bayer Leverkusen star Julian Brandt.

Klopp has tracked Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt for the duration of his time at Anfield and appeared to come close to signing the player.

Kicker did claim that Brandt would be allowed to move on during the summer if a suitor matched their €60million (£52.5m) valuation, with the Reds still linked.

Meanwhile, the report also states that Klopp had another target in mind before he eventually signed Wiljandlum.

The Echo claims that Piotr Zielinski attracted interest from the former Dortmund boss whilst at Udinese, and he has since gone on to impress for Napoli.

Calciomercato recently suggested that Klopp is still tracking the progress of the 24-year-old, who is under contract in Naples until 2021.

The Italian source even claim the German remains “enthralled” with what Zielinksi – who has a €65m release clause – has to offer.