Liverpool transfer target Kai Havertz told to snub move because of one player

Kai Havertz would struggle to break into the Liverpool team because of the role Roberto Firmino plays for Jurgen Klopp’s side. That is the view of former England and Tottenham star Darren Bent.

On the resumption of the Bundesliga season last weekend, Havertz served notice to Europe’s top clubs with a brace for Bayer Leverkusen in a 4-1 win over Werder Bremen.

The attacking midfielder is valued at around £100million which few clubs will be able to afford following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Yet, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City are all understood to be interested in the 20-year-old, who has 12 goals and eight assists this season.

However, Bent feels a move to Anfield would be damaging to his hopes of regular football due to Firmino’s key role for the team.

“He looked brilliant, absolutely brilliant,” Bent told talkSPORT.

“They’ve got some great youngsters in that division. He’s been linked to Liverpool (but) I can see him more going towards Bayern Munich – the same league, same country and obviously they are top of the Bundesliga.

“He might go to Liverpool but, the way Liverpool play with Firmino down the middle, he might not play.”

Bent’s comments echo claims made by former Manchester United and England midfielder Owen Hargreaves.

Hargreaves also played in the Bundesliga for Bayern Munich, and he believes that although Havertz is a special talent, he needs to join a club where he would play regularly.

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“He has got to get it right and I think that the more he plays football the better,” he told Goal.

“It is hard to go to Man City and play right away, which is what saw Jadon Sancho sold. It is hard to go to a great team like Liverpool and start.

“He is very special and he has just got to play. He can make a move at 21, 24, or 26. Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have always been great players but would they have shown it at Liverpool at 21? It is pretty unrealistic.

“I think his development is ahead of 99 per cent of players, but I don’t think he should go to a top team yet as he might stunt his development.

“He is at a good team and the manager Peter Bosz plays to his style. If he is going to move, it has got to be the right move.

“It has to be a club which will play him all the time. I think he will have so many options. I think he is the type of player that could fit into any team.

“Mino Raiola said Juventus wanted Haaland but he would begin with the U23s. Imagine not seeing him this weekend?

“That would have almost been a crime watching him at Dortmund. The boys have to pick their next step.”

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