Missing out on Mohamed Salah and Yehven Konoplyanka in January has meant Liverpool’s search for a winger will rumble on into the summer, with Hoffenheim’s Brazilian starlet Roberto Firmino one of the lesser-known names mentioned.
The 20 year-old, more of whom here, has been in electric form for the billionaire-bankrolled village club this term, serving up 18 goals and 13 assists across all competitions.
However, Firmino is far from a one-off in a league that seems to be growing wide forwards by the pound right now.
Here are four more Bundesliga wingers Barry Hunter and the Reds scouting division should be dusting off their GCSE German for in the months ahead.
Andre Hahn – Augsburg
That a Bavarian side more used to relegation battling are flirting with the Europa League has plenty to do with the efforts of right winger Hahn, playing his first full top-flight season.
So positive have showings bringing ten goals and five assists been that he became the first Augsburg player to be called up to the Germany side for 40 years recently.
Hahn’s side are 31/20 to prevail over visiting Schalke in the final match of the Bundesliga weekend later.
Timo Werner – Stuttgart
He may have a more modest four strikes and as many set-ups to his name from 22 appearances (15 starts) this term, but at only 18 years old he has bags of potential.
In 2012/13 he blasted 16 goals in 18 games for his national side’s Under-17s and became Stuttgart’s youngest ever Bundesliga player when making his debut last November.
Josip Drmic – Nurnberg
Pacey young Swiss Drmic is the highest scoring member of our new wave of wing wonders, with 11 Bundesliga goals, despite playing for a side that didn’t record a win until after the winter break.
A brace in his nation’s recent friendly against Croatia, the land of his parents, earmarks this 21-year-old as a man who has both the ability and mental strength to succeed at the highest level.
Kevin Volland – Hoffenheim
Firmino’s colleague couldn’t have been left off the list, not least because Liverpool, along with Bayern Munchen and Arsenal, have already been linked with the young inverted winger.
Playing on the right for Markus Gisdol’s side, he’s played his part in 11 goals in 22 league starts this term.