Liverpool and the next evolution when it comes to their front line is a topic that will not go away.

Rumours surrounding Jadon Sancho returned last week, and certainly, the Borussia Dortmund winger would be ideal.

Even at £80m or whatever it would take, there is a reasonable argument that he could provide good long-term value as a possible successor - long-term - to Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

But cheaper, more cost-effective players would appear to be more likely Liverpool additions, in the mould, perhaps, of Diogo Jota, who cost an initial £41m when he was signed from Wolves last summer.

Then there is Harvey Elliott to consider from next season onwards, with the winger on loan at Blackburn now more than ready to play a regular part come the new campaign.

In all likelihood, though, another signing will be required, be that this summer - more than likely, if Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri were to move on - or in future to supplement those options.

And that is where Bayer Leverkusen starlet Florian Wirtz - already being dubbed the 'new Kai Havertz' - could come into the equation.

"He turned 18 just a few days ago, so he is as young as they come," said Josh Williams on the Analysing Anfield podcast.

"But despite that, he has already accumulated over 2000 minutes in the Bundesliga, so in terms of establishing himself, he is right up there.

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"He is extremely versatile and he plays all over the pitch, to the extent that he doesn't have a position, and was called up by the Germany senior team in March, but did not get any minutes.

"But the fact he was getting called up anyway to the senior side at 17 captures his potential.

"He can play on the wing, as a centre-forward and as a central midfielder so he is a bit like Havertz.

"He is not as good as Havertz, but he reminds me of Havertz in that regard, who was at Leverkusen himself and was playing everywhere."

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Havertz was a player who Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool liked, with his ability to play wide or as a false nine clearly appealing as a possible Roberto Firmino successor.

But they were never going to pay the £75m or so that Chelsea were prepared to for the German starlet.

In Wirtz, though, there could be an alternative, with the player himself acknowledging the comparisons, which, given the club he represents, were almost inevitable.

"In training, I try to emulate how [Havertz] acts in front of goal and how he moves between the spaces," said Wirtz.

"It's an incentive for me to become even better than Kai. I always want to be the best and hate to lose."

With the way that he is playing, until last week at the age of just 17, hype surrounding his performances is inevitable too.

Even when Havertz was still at Leverkusen, he was getting regular minutes in the side - not long having turned 16 back then - for a team that only missed out on the Champions League spots by two points last season.

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"Wirtz was one I picked up on last season when the first football back after the pandemic stopped play was the Bundesliga and he stood out to me," Williams continued.

"This season he is playing a little bit deeper and has four league goals and six assists, which is difficult to determine how good that is considering he is basically playing everywhere, but it is a decent return.

"He is a player that maybe not any time soon, because he has signed a six-year deal with Leverkusen.

"But in the future, it will be intriguing to see what he is like when he is 24 - with another six years of development."