Havard Nordtveit attracting interest from Liverpool

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Liverpool are interested in signing former Arsenal midfielder Havard Nordtveit, according to Bild.

Nordtveit failed to play a single game for Arsenal having spent over three years in north London.

However, the Norwegian could be returning to England with Liverpool as the Borussia Monchengladbach star’s contract expires in the summer.

A confirmation on Nordtveit’s future is likely to be announced soon with the 25-year-old telling Sky Germany that: “I think a decision will come next week.”

Michael Reis - a reporter for Bild - confirmed Liverpool’s interest and that Nordtveit will soon reveal where his future lies.

Borussia Dortmund are also reportedly interested in Nordtveit, who has made 25 appearances in all competitions this season for Gladbach.

Klopp starts to build

It appears that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is starting early in his quest to build his own squad at Anfield and is raiding a league he knows well - the Bundesliga - to do so.

Liverpool have announced the signing of Joel Matip from Schalke on a free transfer and could be soon adding Nordtveit to their squad for next season.

Liverpool have already completed the signing of midfielder Mario Grujic from Red Star Belgrade as Klopp looks to put his stamp on things at the club.

Nordtveit would be an ideal signing for Liverpool as he specialises in the holding midfield role. The Reds currently only have Lucas Leiva in that position and many Kopites believe that the Brazilian is past his best.

Arsenal career

Nordtveit began his career as a centre-back which is the position he played when he joined Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger signed Nordtveit back in July 2007 after personally travelling to go and watch him play for his boyhood club, Haugesund.

The Gunners paid an initial £500,000, rising to £2 million after 40 first team appearances but Nordtveit didn’t play a single minute at the Emirates.

He was soon loaned out to Spanish side Salamanca before returning to his native Norway to join Lillestrom for a five-month loan spell.

Joy in Germany

During the 2009/10 season, he spent the entire campaign at Nuremberg and played in a variety of positions, including at right-back but predominately in defensive midfield. His decent performances attracted the interest of Gladbach who signed him in December 2010.

Since then he has played consistently in a defensive midfield position, helping Gladbach finish third in the league last season earning them a Champions League position.

However, they came bottom of a tough group this season facing Juventus, Manchester City and Seville.

Goalscoring ability

As well as his capabilities as a holding midfielder, Nordtveit has started to add goals to his game this season. He’s managed four goals in his 18 Bundesliga matches this campaign, bringing something that Liverpool desperately lack - goals from midfield.

Roberto Firmino has scored the most goals as a midfielder for Klopp's men in the league this season with six, although he’s been deployed mainly as a striker.

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