Liverpool previously showed interest in the 18-year-old, only for him to join Leverkusen. Wirtz soon became an important part of the German side, becoming the youngest player to play for the club at just 17.
Wirtz has cemented his position in Leverkusen. The attacking midfielder is a versatile player able to fit into multiple positions. He has already played 27 games for Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, already racking up more than 2000 minutes. Equally good playing at both wings, the teenager has already scored 4 goals for his club.
His ability to play in multiple positions has already garnered him compared to former Leverkusen star Kai Havertz. Wirtz’s performance this season has earned him a call up to the German National side, though he couldn’t make his debut.
Aged just 17 years and 15 days, the attacking midfielder beat Havertz’s club record as Leverkusen’s youngest player.
For Liverpool, Wirtz could be a lost opportunity. The Reds targeted the midfielder in early 2020, but he chose to move to Bayern Leverkusen instead.
“The boy has a huge talent. He could have gone to Liverpool, to Bayern Munich, to Dortmund. Everyone wanted the boy,” Leverkusen youth coach.
Wirtz is contracted with Leverkusen till 2026, and any move for the midfielder will cost Liverpool close to £50 million.
Bringing in Wirtz can help add depth to the Liverpool side. His ability to play in multiple positions alongside his age makes him a very good asset for the future. With Georginio Wijnaldum, Xherdan Shaqiri, and Divock Origi all possible exits in the coming summer, investing in the German is not going to be a bad move.