According to a report from Sky Sports, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has a strong interest in securing the services of Donyell Malen, who currently plays for his former club Borussia Dortmund. Klopp is eager to add a fresh dimension to his team’s right-wing options given the uncertainty of Mohamed Salah to continue after the conclusion of this season.
Malen’s Impressive Start To The Bundesliga This Season
Malen is enjoying a decent run of form, as he produced some impressive displays for Borussia Dortmund in the attacking third. The 24-year-old has found the back of the net on three occasions from seven appearances for his side, across all fronts.
The Netherlands international has been consistent and reliable on the right flank of their attack after averaging 2.5 shots, 0.5 key passes and 1.3 dribbles per game in the Bundesliga. He has also displayed good distribution skills, after completing 78.2% of his attempted passes in the German top flight (stats via whoscored).
Donyell Malen’s existing contract with Signal Iduna Park is set to run until the summer of 2026. As a result, it may prove challenging for the Reds to persuade Dortmund to part with him in the upcoming summer transfer window. Nevertheless, a substantial and enticing offer has the potential to put Dortmund’s resolve to the test.
Is He A Decent Fit For Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp?
One of the key aspects that makes Donyell Malen an attractive prospect for Liverpool is his versatility. Jurgen Klopp’s tactics at Anfield are built around dynamic attacking movements and interchanges among forwards to confuse the opposition defenders. Malen’s ability to play in multiple positions in the attacking third fits to Klopp’s playstyle perfectly. He can operate both as a central striker and on the flanks, making him a flexible asset.
The 24-year-old has a lot of room for development and has shown immense potential to become one of the best attackers in Europe. Additionally, he has the pace and goalscoring ability to add more firepower to Liverpool’s attack which makes him a decent acquisition for the Merseyside club.
However, a successful transition to Liverpool would also require adaptation to the high demands of English football and seamless integration into the squad, which casts some doubt on whether he would be the ideal replacement to Mohamed Salah, should the Egyptian chose to exit next summer.