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Liverpool have sent scouts to watch Bayer Leverkusen starlet Julian Brandt in action.
The 18-year-old is the latest attacking midfielder to roll off the German production line and he has swiftly progressed to the Bundesliga side's first-team after joining from Wolfsburg in December 2013.
Merseyside scouts saw him star in the European Under-19 championships in Hungary and they are set to monitor him further.
However, a move this summer is considered highly unlikely as he still has five years left on his Leverkusen contract.
Brandt helped his club to fourth in the Bundesliga last season scoring twice in 12 league games. The creative midfielder joined FC Oberneuland's youth ranks aged 13 before switching to VfL Wolfsburg two years later.
He is considered to be on the most promising young stars in the Bundesliga and has racked up plenty of international experience with the German national youth sides.
Chelsea were linked with a move for Brandt last season and his then coach Mike Schussler believed he could become a top player.
"He has a style of play that proves he can take the next step," he told Bild.