Mahmoud Dahoud: Profile of the Liverpool midfield target
Last Updated: 12/04/16 1:58pm
Jurgen Klopp is reportedly interested in bringing Mahmoud Dahoud to Anfield this summer as part of an overhaul of his Liverpool squad.
Several British newspapers have linked the Germany U21 international with a move to Anfield.
But Klopp faces stiff competition from a host of other clubs including Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Manchester United, according to various sources.
Here, we profile the young midfielder …
Name: Mahmoud Dahoud
Place of birth: Amuda, Syria
Position: Central midfield
Club: Borussia Monchengladbach
Dahoud was born in northern Syria in 1995 but moved with his family to Germany the following year.
He played for SC Germania Reusrath and Fortuna Dusseldorf as a junior, before joining Borussia Monchengladbach's academy as a 14-year-old in 2010.
He was handed his Gladbach debut in a Europa League qualifying play-off against Sarajevo in August 2014, aged 18, but a thigh injury restricted him to only two more appearances last season.
This campaign, he has established himself as not only a regular - making 37 appearances so far - but also a key component of the Gladbach midfield.
Dahoud has been capped by Germany at U18, U19 and U21 level.
Style of play
Dahoud is an energetic all-round midfield talent, combining a tireless work rate and incisive movement with a broad range of passing and tenacious ball-winning.
His short passing is immaculate, but he is just as adept at launching longer, more direct balls when the opportunity to switch play appears.
He is also a confident dribbler who is happy to move his team forward, while his package is completed by excellent long-range shooting.
Dahoud is under contract until 2018 and Gladbach are adamant that he is going nowhere. Their sporting director, Max Eberl, said recently: "Dahoud is not for sale. We are a hungry club and we need every good player."
However, Gladbach could find it difficult to resist the financial power of the clubs coveting Dahoud and are expected to sell if they are offered somewhere between £25m and £30m. The deal-clincher could be if the winning bidder agrees to loan him straight back to Gladbach for another season.
Key to Dahoud's future could well be Ilkay Gundogan's next move. If the Germany international decides to head to Manchester City, Dortmund are likely to redouble their efforts to sign Dahoud as a like-for-like replacement.
Did you know?
Dahoud is the first Syrian-born player to appear in the Bundesliga.
What he said
"I'm not taking my foot off the pedal and thinking, 'I'm now a first-team regular'. I prepare myself with the mind-set that things will get harder, and if they do, I'll fight my way through it again."
What they said
"Dahoud played very, very well today. He really showed us how much potential he has" - Lothar Matthaus following a Bundesliga match in October.