Liverpool look set to revamp their midfield in a new way this summer, with a focus on goals and energy the main talking point. The Reds are keen to bring in players who are close to their peak ages so they can contribute now, but with enough space to grow and improve even further as players. The aim will also be to find players who are energetic, fluid in several formations, and capable of adding to the goals tally at the club. As such, it is no surprise that the Reds are heavily linked with Daichi Kamada.
The Japanese international is leaving Eintracht Frankfurt on a free transfer, and for months it looked like he would be staying in Germany. Most reports in the country suggested a deal was done with near-champions Borussia Dortmund, but that looks to be false information. Instead, Kamada is being heavily linked with a move to England. Liverpool are keen to tie-up a deal for the attacking midfielder, who will cost them nothing.
Given the Reds penchant for finding value in the transfer market, a free signing like this would be hard to turn down. Kamada would offer a similar attacking verve to what Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain offered before his injuries took place. Having won the UEFA Europa League and potentially the DFB Pokal with Frankfurt, too, Kamada boasts an impressive CV both in Germany and internationally.
He was a key part of the Frankfurt side who toppled Rangers on penalties in Seville in the 2022 final. Now, it is expected that he will be one of many Frankfurt players to depart as the Eagles go about ripping up their team and starting afresh from a new perspective.
Liverpool expected to make major midfield moves – starting with Kamada
Though the deal is not yet done, all reports in Germany suggest that the main rival for the signing of Kamada would be AC Milan. The Rossoneri are keen to sign the player to add more fresh attacking impetus to a lacklustre midfield. The profile of Kamada has attracted many clubs, but it is believe that the Reds might have the drop on other teams due to their prestige and the presence of Bundesliga legend Jurgen Klopp.
The international aspect cannot be ignored, either. Though Takumi Minamino eventually left Liverpool without making a huge impact, his signing was a big boon for the club as they looked to improve their image in the Asian markets. Kamada, as one of the best players in the Japanese pool, would offer just that. However, this is no ‘marketing signing’ – this would be an accomplished midfield addition.
Given the club looks set to sign as many as three new midfielders, the arrival of Kamada would be an intriguing addition to the line-up. With Manu Kone of Borussia Monchengladbach also heavily linked, too, Liverpool could be adding some of the much-expected Bundesliga impetus.
When Klopp first arrived, most fans expected he would raid his home nation for players on a regular basis. That has not quite happened, but Kamada – and Kone – would represent a mild change of approach this summer.