Liverpool are keeping a close eye on Schalke starlet Amine Harit, according to a recent report by an Italian sports newspaper Corriere dello Sport, with the German manager Jurgen Klopp potentially hoping to seal a deal with his fellow countryman and good friend David Wagner.

Many of the world’s greatest footballing prodigies have graduated with flying colours from the Veltins Arena finishing school in the latest years.

Joel Matip, Manuel Neuer, Leroy Sane, Julian Draxler, Ilkay Gundogan and Mesut Ozil all rose through the ranks in Gelsenkirchen and Amine is following that well-trodden path.

The Moroccan midfield maestro exploded onto the scene two seasons ago amid comparisons with the legendary Zinedine Zidane.

Yet anyone who has watched Amine float like a butterfly and sting like a bee in Germany this season will have to admit that there is something very Zidane-esque about the way the 22-year-old star becomes a winner from challenges and splits defences with his brilliant passes.

Harit has netted five goals in 11 Bundesliga matches since David Wagner took over at Schalke, winning games almost single-handedly for the country’s sleeping giants.

Corriere dello Sport states that Harit’s game-changing displays have caught the eye of Jurgen, who might have to exchange few words with his long-time ally in the Schalke hot seat.

The former Nantes ace is valued at around £17m, the report adds, a pocket change sum for a club like Liverpool.