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Karim Adeyemi has admitted he is dreaming of a move to a “top club” and dropped a hint regarding reported interest from Liverpool, revealing his admiration of how two former Red Bull Salzburg players made their way to Anfield.
The German boss will also be left without Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in January as the pair head off to Cameroon for the Africa Cup of Nations.
The 19-year-old is one of several youngsters that have caught the eye whilst playing for the Austrian champions this season in the Champions League.
Adeyemi has scored three goals in five group stage matches with the Bundesliga outfit in contention to qualify for the last-16 knockout round.
His tally of 15 goals in all competitions has seen the highly-rated starlet draw attention from scouts of top clubs from around Europe.
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Liverpool are thought to be considering a move in January for the £17million-rated forward as Jurgen Klopp looks to the future.
Adeyemi, who scored on his Germany debut in the 6-0 drubbing of Armenia earlier this year, was asked for his thoughts on developing in Salzburg.
And the young forward pointed to the likes of Erling Haaland and Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Naby Keita as inspiration for how he can progress in his career.
“It’s true, in recent years a lot of young people have matured in Salzburg and then landed in the best international clubs,” he told Tuttosport.
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“I am thinking of Erling Haaland, but also of Sadio Mané and Naby Keita of Liverpool. Or Dominik Szoboszlai, who moved to Leipzig.
“Obviously, I also have this goal, I would like the next stage of my career to be in a top club.”
It comes after Adeyemi conceded he was “honoured” to be linked with a move to some of Europe’s biggest clubs, including Liverpool, PSG and Barcelona.
But he insisted he wants to help the club qualify to the knockout stages first before discussing a move elsewhere.
“I take it easy. I feel honoured [by the links], but nothing more,” he told Sky Austria in October.
“I have my focus here at Salzburg. We play well together. It works perfectly.
“First of all, I want to progress with Salzburg. Then we’ll look further.”
Adeyemi, who was born in Munich, has been widely tipped to move back to Bayern Munich, the club who released him as a 10-year-old.
He spent most of his youth career in Germany with fourth-tier side Unterhachting and, as a teenager, he turned down a move to Chelsea in favour of heading to Salzburg in 2018.
But Adeyemi may have dealt a blow to Liverpool’s hopes of signing him next summer after speaking of his desire to move to Bayern if they make an offer.
“If (Bayern) made me an offer, I think I would choose that path,” he told Spanish outlet Marca.
“I want to show them what I can do, who I am and that it was a mistake to let me go. That motivates me.”
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