Liverpool held negotiations with €25m-rated Bundesliga attacker

The Merseyside giants have shown an interest in securing the transfer of Hoffenheim star Christoph Baumgartner in the current transfer window. Austria international spent the formative years of his career with the academies of SV Horn and AKA St. Poulten in Austria before signing for the Hoffenheim setup in 2017.

Having spent the first couple of years with the Under-19s and the reserves, Christoph has become a regular fixture in the first-team over the past couple of campaigns, racking up 71 games in which he has 16 goals and 13 assists.

The 2020/21 season was quite a productive one for Baumgartner as the versatile attacking midfielder ended the term with a return of nine goals and seven assists from 41 matches across all tournaments for Hoffenheim. This had seemingly put the young Austrian on the radars of Man United at the turn of the year, with now Liverpool showing an interest in him.

Reds head into the summer knowing that they need a new midfielder, having lost Gini Wijnaldum, who has completed a free transfer to French heavyweights PSG. In addition to that, question marks continue to linger over the future of fellow midfielders Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who have been bogged down by fitness problems as well.

To that end, a new central midfielder is set to be a priority for coach Jurgen Klopp this summer, with Borussia Monchengladbach’s Florian Neuhaus emerging as a transfer target. And now, the Austrian has also popped up on the radars of Liverpool, although he wouldn’t exactly be a like-for-like replacement for Wijnaldum.