The Bundesliga is most definitely a hotbed for young talent and the German national team has been reaping the rewards over the last couple of years and will continue to do so for the best part of the next decade.
For my money the Bundesliga is currently the third-best league in Europe after Spain's La Liga and the English Premier League, and in terms of the talent it's producing it's No. 1 on my list.
If you have a look at the current Real Madrid squad you'll see the names of Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira and Nuri Sahin. These are three of the most talented young players in world football right now, all of whom have already proven their quality at the highest levels for both club and country. Madrid signed this trio of players for a combined total of about €40 million.
Take a look at that figure again. Now think of how good those three players are. Now consider the fact that those three players cost about the same amount that Liverpool paid for Andy Carroll.
That shows the type of value for money that can be found in the Bundesliga as opposed to what you get buying in the Premier League.
In the following slides I'll list 15 players that Liverpool should, in my opinion, be keeping a very close eye on between now and January, and especially for next summer.
In the spirit of keeping things realistic, Bastian Schweinsteiger will not be appearing, and I've tried to focus on positions in which Liverpool actually do need reinforcements.