His name has been linked with a potential move to Liverpool in the next few years but who is Karim Adeyemi?
The latest talent to come off the RB Salzburg conveyor belt, Adeyemi has impressed for both club and country this season.
His goal for Germany against Armenia back in September made him the youngest player, he’s still only 19, to score a goal for the national team.
Predominately left-footed, Adeyemi isn’t adverse to scoring goals with his right foot either.
His ability to play on the defender’s shoulder before using his pace to dart in behind has seen him net 15 goals so far this season.
Currently valued at just £18million by transfermarkt, it’s no wonder Liverpool are keen to secure his signature sooner rather than later and will be buoyed by recent quotes from RB Salzburg president Harald Lurzer.
“We are aware that Karim will probably take the next step next summer,” Lurzer said.
And Adeyemi himself has said that he feels “honoured” by the links.
“I take it easy. I feel honoured [by the links], but nothing more,” he told Sky Austria in October.
“I have my focus here at Salzburg. We play well together. It works perfectly.
“First of all, I want to progress with Salzburg. Then we’ll look further.”
Where would he line up under Jurgen Klopp?
Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp have a very distinct way of playing and a very recognisable shape.
Given what Adeyemi has done in Austria, it’s easy to see him slot in seamlessly anywhere in the front three.
Adeyemi offers something different to Roberto Firmino while remaining a threat to opposing teams.
Should he line up out wide, there’s enough to see from the young German star that he would still be just as effective.
Often Adeyemi not only scores goals but provides assists from the flanks with either foot and with lofted crosses as well as pull backs.
It’s the passes across goal for teammates to tap into an empty net which has Liverpool fans envisaging him doing the same at Anfield.
He’s also adept at being on the end of those passes, similar to Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
Adeyemi knows where to be to take advantage of any lapses in concentration from defenders and it makes him the perfect player for Klopp.
How would he fare in the Premier League
It’s easy to look at the talent Adeyemi plays on a weekly basis and be sceptical whether or not he can replicate his success in England’s top-flight.
The same was said about Erling Haaland and whether he could keep scoring in the German Bundesliga. The answer is a resounding yes.
Adeyemi at 19 isn’t afraid to play physical and use his body to his advantage, even if he’s not the tallest or strongest.
His quickness would make him a handful for even the most experienced Premier League defender and some of his flicks and drag backs with his left foot are reminiscent of what Salah does.
His debut Germany goal is the perfect example of that.
With his back to goal, Adeyemi plays a one two with Florian Wirtz by flicking the ball between his legs before peeling off into the box ready for the return pass.
It comes instantly. His first touch with his left foot kills the ball dead and shaping up to go across goal, Adeyemi pulls it back and into the bottom corner – leaving the goalkeeper totally wrong-footed.
The goal had shades of Firmino and Salah in it and further shows why the Reds may well be interested.
But it won’t be until the summer if a firm bid is to be made.
“Karim will finish the season with us, that is clearly the plan.
“I don’t know what could happen if Karim doesn’t finish the season with us,” sporting director Christoph Freund told Sky Sports Austria in October.
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