Liverpool has a clear summer transfer objective. Jurgen Klopp's side needs midfielders and the recruitment team's job is to deliver at least two or three players in that position who could improve the squad.
One of the players who has been on the club's radar is Mason Mount. However, just like Jude Bellingham, according to The Athletic, Mount seems to be slipping out of the club's grasp, with the England international preferring a move to Manchester United instead.
Erik ten Hag's side can clearly deliver more financial incentives and also pay something closer to the whopping $105m (PS85m/EUR98m) that Chelsea is rumored to want for Mount's services. At this stage it seems like there is no point for Liverpool to be involved in a bidding war, especially since there are probably cheaper alternatives out there on the market.
In fact, club scouts saw one of those cheaper alternatives in action last weekend, as officials from Liverpool attended the potentially title-defining clash between RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. Leipzig prevailed, in a result which has left Bellingham's Dortmund side in the driving seat.
According to 90min, Liverpool's scouts were keeping a close eye on two RB Leipzig players in Dani Olmo and Dominik Szoboszlai. The former didn't really impress, but the latter scored a last-minute penalty to seal the result, and not for the first time was one of the stars of the show.
Szoboszlai has 22 goal contributions from midfield for RB Leipzig this season in 44 games, and he is open to a move away from the Red Bull club this summer. He simply smiled and responded 'next question' when asked about his future in the mixed zone, per Chronicle Live.
One stumbling block for Liverpool would be the fact that according to sources close to the player he would like to play for a Champions League team. Klopp's side, of course, are unlikely to qualify for Europe's elite competition next season.
Newcastle United is also interested in his services, and has qualified for the Champions League at Liverpool's expense, but there's also interest from Spain, among many other European clubs, which is no surprise considering Szoboszlai has been in spectacular form this season.
One advantage Liverpool might have is that in the past, Szoboszlai has spoken highly of Klopp, describing him as his 'dream' manager to work with.
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"I really like Klopp," Szoboszlai said on the Csisztu Channel on YouTube back in 2020.
"The kind of human being he is. The way he can inspire his players is unbelievable. Even when they have nothing, they can stand up and his players can achieve anything. For me, he is the best manager [in the world]."
Perhaps the allure of Klopp might be enough to convince him to overlook his desire to play in the Champions League for one season. Especially, since next season the Premier League is likely to have five automatic spots, making it even more possible for Liverpool to return back to Europe's elite. If the Reds could pull it off, they would probably forget about Mount pretty quickly.