Why Liverpool need to reignite their interests in Philipp Max
However, the deal never materialised. The German’s consistent performances over a period of four years had attracted the Reds, who were linked with a move back in the summer.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have continued their terrific form from last year, as they remain unbeaten on top of the Premier League table. The Reds have won 11 of the 12 games so far this season.
After winning the Champions League last year, many had expected manager Jurgen Klopp to spend big during the summer.
However, Liverpool had a rather quiet time in the market and did not make any big-money signings.
Though there wasn’t any major arrival, Liverpool did offload a lot of high-profile names in the summer. Danny Ings, Simon Mignolet, Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno were some big ones to go.
Spaniard Moreno’s departure has, however, left the club with a lone left-back in Andrew Robertson. Needless to say, the Scotsman has been excellent for the Reds, since arriving in 2017.
He is currently in the peak of his form and has been sensational this season, with a goal and 5 assists to his name. However, a top club like Liverpool cannot bank on Robertson alone. They need a back-up for him if they wish to stay on top forever.
Moreover, a new signing would offer Klopp more options in defence and in case any injury happens to the current lot. Robertson has been tirelessly running along the flanks for the Reds for some time now, and the immense workload may soon get the better of him.
So it is quite essential that Reds target another left-back soon and Max seems to be a right fit for that role. A Bayern academy product, Max has cemented a spot for himself since moving to Augsburg in 2015.
A regular with the team, he has appeared in over 100 matches for the German outfit, and has scored 8 goals and provided 24 assists. Despite Augsburg finishing just one spot above the relegation zone last year, Max’s potential was still clearly on display.
He scored four goals and assisted as many, thereby proving his worth for an underperforming side.
Predominantly a left-back, Max can also play upfront on the flanks and tease the opposition defences with his dangerous crosses. Blessed with pace and power at the same time, the German could be a tireless worker which Klopp very well expects from his full-backs.
With 1.7 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 2.7 clearances per match, Max is also a defensively well-equipped player. (Source: Whoscored).
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First and foremost, a club of Liverpool’s stature needs at least one backup player for a position. With the number of skills under his disposal, Max’s abilities would come handy at the Merseyside club.
Also, with no other option left at full-back other than Robertson, Klopp should make a move for the German sooner than later.