Liverpool-linked defender completes transfer to Champions League rivals after having 'world-class options'

Waldemar Anton. (Photo by UWE KRAFT / AFP) (Photo by UWE KRAFT/AFP via Getty Images)Waldemar Anton. (Photo by UWE KRAFT / AFP) (Photo by UWE KRAFT/AFP via Getty Images)
Waldemar Anton. (Photo by UWE KRAFT / AFP) (Photo by UWE KRAFT/AFP via Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images
Liverpool reportedly made an enquiry for the Germany international.

Liverpool-linked defender Waldemar Anton has completed a summer transfer to a Champions League rival.

The centre-back was reportedly the subject of an enquiry from the Reds, according to Sport Bild. Anton spent four seasons at Stuttgart and in the 2023-24 campaign he skippered to club to second spot in the Bundesliga - finishing ahead of Bayern Munich and behind unbeaten Bayer Leverkusen.

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Having been part of Germany’s Euro 2024 squad, in which he made two appearances as Julian Nagelsmann’s side reached the quarter-finals, Anton was keen for a fresh challenge this summer. The 27-year-old has a €22.5 million release clause in his Stuttgart contract - and that has been triggered.

Anton has made the switch to Borussia Dortmund as he replaces club legend Mats Hummels. He becomes the first signing of ex-Liverpool loanee Nuri Sahin, who took charge of Dortmund after the exit of Edin Terzic - despite Die Schwarzgelben reaching last campaign’s Champions League final.

Dortmund's sports director, Lars Ricken, told the club’s website: "Waldemar Anton has developed into a top defender in the Bundesliga, both in terms of his sporting ability and personality, and has recently led his club into the Champions League.

"This summer, Waldemar had first-class transfer options both nationally and internationally. We are happy that he has decided to join Borussia Dortmund after intensive and good discussions."

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Sporting director Sebastian Kehl added: "Waldemar is a first-class central defender and a real asset for us. He is tactically well-trained, robust, strong in the air and is an absolute leader both on the pitch and in the dressing room, who has a positive internal influence and always strives for the maximum possible success.

“As an ambitious German international, he is a perfect fit for us and we are very happy that we have been able to inspire him to join us on our journey together."

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