Jurgen Klopp is reportedly miffed at his scouting department for their inability to spot Oliver Burke before his move to Bundesliga.
The Sun have reported that Jurgen Klopp is furious at his backroom staff’s failure to scout and target Scottish teenager Oliver Burke. The Nottingham Forest youngster sealed a £13m move to Bundesliga signing with newly promoted side RB Leipzig, becoming the most expensive Scottish player in the process.
There were reports of a host of top European clubs interested in securing the services of the 19-year-old before RB Leipzig stole a march on arguably clubs of a much higher stature and captured the player. After the player’s transfer was confirmed, reports had come out of Arsenal and Tottenham’s failed pursuit of the 19-year-old.
The Sun reports that Jurgen Klopp had earmarked the player as a bright talent and a future star but is frustrated that a transfer for Burke was stolen under the noses of European giants, including the Reds themselves. The German manager has made his dissent known to the scouting department of the club.
The player was tipped for big things after breaking through into the first team at Nottingham Forest last season and his incredible start to the current season in the Championship attracted interest from the likes of Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool.
Burke managed a return of 4 goals and 1 assist in the 4 championship matches played for Nottingham Forest before his record-breaking transfer to RB Leipzig. The most expensive Scottish player has already started drawing comparisons to Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale, who is the most expensive Welsh player.
There is still a long way to go for Burke before he even begins to emulate the Welsh speedster but the 19-year-old is destined for a bright future, something which Jurgen Klopp seems to be in unison with and is justified in his frustration to miss out on a potential future world-beater.
All the top European clubs that were interested in Burke would surely retain their interest in the teenager and are likely to monitor his development in the Bundesliga closely. The interested clubs would surely pounce at the chance to sign the player, if and when Burke decides it is time for him to move on to a bigger club.