It’s likely you’ve heard the name Karim Adeyemi a lot recently, particularly when it comes to Liverpool.
The Reds are rumoured to be keen on the RB Salzburg star, who has been tearing it up in the Austrian Bundesliga and the Champions League this season.
A whole host of big clubs are reportedly keen on his signature, and Liverpool are among them, with numerous reports over the last month or so linking them with a move and hinting they could do so sooner rather than later.
They face stern competition for his signature, particularly from Bayern Munich, who want to bring him back after letting him go as a youngster.
Where he ends up remains to be seen, but his choice will be crucial to his development, which so far has been boosted by being at the right club.
That’s led Goal Germany to look at the situation today and assess where would be best for Adeyemi, including comments to Marc Unterberger, who coached the youngster at former club Unterhaching.
“From my point of view, it wouldn’t be things like the expected basic order or the playing system of a possible new coach that would be decisive – but the DNA of the club,” he told them.
“I think Karim is very well suited to teams that are very much into switching moments. He is really predestined for this game.”
So, in Unterberger’s opinion, it is the DNA of the club that will be most important to Adeyemi than anything else. A plus for Liverpool then, who certainly have a distinct and undeniable DNA under Jurgen Klopp.
Goal agree, and add that Adeyemi should fit ‘very well’ into English football and Liverpool’s style of ‘very direct, very physical, very quick and always forward’ football.
One issue would be Klopp’s reluctance to change his front three, but even there, Salah, Mane and Firmino are only getting older, and the contract situation around the Egyptian is yet to be resolved.
That could open up a route for Adeyemi, and there wouldn’t even be a problem in terms of language, according to Unterberger.
“The only important language is football. And Karim is familiar with that,” he added.
“Of course, it is always nicer and perhaps easier to talk to your coach or the staff in your mother tongue.
“But English would be no problem at all for Karim: his father comes from Nigeria, his mother is Romanian, both speak perfect English.”
All positive news for Liverpool, then, who Goal and Unterberger clearly think would be a good fit for Adeyemi.
Of course, it’s not as easy as that in the world of football transfers, particularly when a giant like Bayern Munich is sniffing around as well.
Anyone with doubts about Liverpool’s chances, though, should rest assured than in terms of football and fit, they’re right at the top of the list.