It’s still not really clear what Gini Wijnaldum plans to do in the summer, but it makes a lot of sense for the Reds to come up with a list of alternatives if he does move on.
Unfortunately, they’re unlikely to find someone for free like Wijnaldum will be so they’ll end up out of pocket, but it could be a good chance to get a replacement who has the potential to be even better.
Florian Neuhaus has been one of the stars this campaign for Borussia Monchengladbach as they found their way into the knockout rounds of the UCL, while he’s also forced his way into the Germany setup too.
The midfielder is still only 23 and he can play in a holding role or higher up the pitch, so a possible release clause of €40m should interest a lot of teams this summer.
Reds have expressed an interest in signing him, although they could have an issue with Borussia Dortmund who want to take the manager Marco Rose and Neuhaus in the summer.
There’s no suggestion that he’ll be let go for less than the release clause so that will come down to a fairly straightforward option of paying it or missing out, but a lot could also depend on his manager and where he ends up.