Liverpool seems to have a knack for unearthing talent in the Bundesliga, and their scouting efforts are showing no signs of slowing down. Following the successful acquisitions of players like Wataru Endō, Dominik Szoboszlai, and Ryan Gravenberch in the recent summer transfer window, the Reds are once again eyeing the German league for their next potential star.
Looking ahead to the upcoming transfer window in January, Liverpool’s scouts are already hard at work, with one promising prospect catching their attention: German youth international Raul Paula. The 19-year-old sensation currently plies his trade at Stuttgart, the same club from which Liverpool acquired Wataru Endō.
Primarily operating as an attacking midfielder or forward, Paula has not only showcased his talents on the pitch but also displayed leadership qualities by captaining Germany’s youth teams. His impressive track record includes scoring one goal in one appearance at the U16 level and two goals in two appearances at the U17 level.
Since joining Stuttgart’s academy in 2019, Paula has consistently impressed with his goal-scoring prowess. He contributed to nine goals in 14 games for Stuttgart’s U17 side and 16 goals in 23 appearances for the U19s. This season, he has made a significant impact in Stuttgart’s reserve team, competing in the fourth tier of German football, with six goals and one assist in just nine matches. He even had a memorable cameo for the first team during a pre-season friendly, netting a goal in an 8-3 victory over Zurich.
Liverpool faces competition for Paula’s signature, with Brighton also expressing interest in the young talent. Transfermarkt indicates that Paula’s contract with Stuttgart is set to expire in the summer of 2024, making this an opportune moment for Liverpool to make their move.
While Paula may not immediately qualify for a work permit, the recent FA regulations introduced this summer allow Premier League clubs to make exemptions for up to four players. This means Liverpool could potentially bring him in right away, initially integrating him into the U21 squad before gradually preparing him for first-team action.
Paula’s versatility as a winger, forward, and attacking midfielder aligns with Jürgen Klopp’s preferences in players. While Liverpool may not have an immediate need in these positions, the club recognizes the value of nurturing exciting young talents and could see Paula as a valuable addition to their ranks.