Who is Maximilian Beier? Hoffenheim striker linked with £40m Liverpool transfer

Maximilian Beier has been linked with Liverpool
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Liverpool continue to be linked with a move for Hoffenheim star Maximilian Beier.

The Reds have been credited with an interest in signing the 21-year-old striker over the last few weeks. Manchester United have also been linked with a move for Beier, who is continuing to generate interest in his signature.

Beier is currently with the Germany squad for Euro 2024 this summer, but he is yet to make an appearance across his country's first two fixtures of the tournament. The striker scored 16 goals with three assists in 35 appearances for Hoffenheim last season to earn his place in the squad this summer, and that has led to speculation about his future.

Reports have speculated that Liverpool could have an interest in signing Beier this summer. Tuttomercato claimed that Hoffenheim would ask for €40 million (£34 million) for Beier's signature, with Atletico Madrid also joining the race.

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So what more do we know about the latest player to be linked with Liverpool?

Beier is a 21-year-old striker for Hoffenheim and has been with the German club since Under-17 level. He is also capable of performing on either wing as well as in the centre-forward role.

The striker was handed his senior debut for Hoffenheim in February 2020 in the Bundesliga when he was just 17 years old. Beier has since gone on to score 18 goals in 48 appearances for Hoffenheim and also enjoyed a two-year loan spell at Hannover from 2021-23 where he impressed in front of goal.

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Hoffenheim boss Pellegrino Matarazzo has spoken about the qualities that he finds impressive with Beier's game. The Hoffenheim manager has previously explained why Beier has the ability to be a successful striker.

"Above all, it is important for him [Beier] to even get into positions from which he can shoot," Matarazzo is quoted telling the Bundesliga website.

"He can manage that thanks to his dynamism and technique. You either have those genes or you don't, and Maxi has those genes to score goals."