Florian Wirtz to Liverpool: Reds dealt major transfer blow

Another Liverpool raid on Bayer Leverkusen looks to have returned empty handed, as 20-year-old wunderkind Florian Wirtz has reportedly committed to at least one more season in Germany.

Florian Wirtz to Liverpool looks unlikely
Florian Wirtz is ignoring the noise and staying in Leverkusen – Photo by Icon Sport

The attacking midfielder’s representatives have reportedly communicated the player’s desire to remain at the BayArena to his suitors, putting paid to speculation over his future to bed, at least for this summer.

Wirtz to Liverpool: a double blow

This comes following the Reds’ failed pursuit of current Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso, who will also remain in the Rhine valley for another season.

Liverpool also wanted to bring Xabi Alonso to Anfield – Photo by Icon Sport

Liverpool had hoped that by securing Alonso's signature, they could steal a march on Europe’s other elite clubs, before they could prepare their own bids for Wirtz.

The Reds may still sign a player and manager combination this summer, with Lutsharel Geertruida reportedly following new boss Arne Slot to Anfield from Feyenoord.

Naturally, Bayern Munich are following Wirtz’ progress very closely, and seek to pair him with his international teammate Jamal Musiala at the Allianz Arena. Manchester City are another interested party.

Barcelona and Real Madrid keep tabs on Wirtz too, and will be delighted the young German isn’t on the move until at least 2025, as they can prioritise other, more pressing transfer targets this summer.

Why does everyone want Florian Wirtz?

Florian Wirtz is one of the most exciting young players in the world. The attacking midfielder made his international debut at just 18, and has been a Bayer Leverkusen regular since the age of 17.

Florian Wirtz is already making a big impact for his nation – Photo by Icon Sport

Wirtz is blessed with incredible technical skill. He possesses a brilliant first touch, is composed in tight areas, can beat his man one-on-one, is an accomplished finisher and has an eye for a killer pass.

He possesses great intelligence in his movement, and a superb mentality, overcoming a cruel ACL injury that kept him out of the 2022 World Cup and emerging a better player from it.

With 17 goals and 19 assists this season, the sky's the limit for Wirtz.

William Evans is a football and politics fanatic. A first-class graduate of UEA's Broadcast and Digital Journalism MA course, he also achieved a first class degree in politics and media studies during his time at UEA.