18 Oct 2014

£29m Double-Deal? LFC plan Jan offer for £15m star to partner 'irreplaceable' maestro

Liverpool are reportedly planning a January transfer move for Hoffenheim striker Kevin Volland, whose team-mate, Roberto Firmino is regularly linked with a move to Anfield.

According to reports this week, the Reds are considering a double-swoop for Firmino and £15m-rated Volland, who is currently on the fringes of the German national team.

Some info about Volland:

* Plays predominantly as a striker.

* Germany U21 captain.

* International debut earlier this year vs. Poland.
* Made the preliminary Germany squad for Brazil 2014.
* Three minor injuries (All muscles strains) in the last year.

When asked in May about his future, Volland told reporters:

"This is definitely the right club for me. It is great fun here, and I can develop the best possible way. The way we play football fits me perfectly".

Volland has a great understanding with Firmino, which probably explains why Liverpool are (allegedly) interested in signing both player. Indeed, in a recent interview, the striker enthused:

"I always exchange positions with Roberto Firmino. We can move closer together, but are also wide. We can go wide or deep. The most important thing is to intuitively make the right decision".

Volland models himself after World Cup record goalscorer Miroslav Klose, and when asked about the German legend recently, he raved:

"He [Klose] is a huge role model for me. I can learn a lot from him. In training we've talked a few times. He tells me what I can and must do better. He helps me hugely. Miro is just a super guy.”

For a 22 year-old, Volland's stats are creditable over the last three years:

* 2013-14: 12 goals/9 assists in 37 apps.
* 2012-13: 6 goals/12 assists in 37 apps.
* 2011-12: 14 goals/12 assists in 35 Apps.
* TOTALS: 32 goals/33 assists in 109 apps
* Goal/assist every 1.9 games.

A goal ratio of 1 every 3.4 games is not the greatest for a striker, but overall, Volland more than makes up for it with his ability to create goals.

That said, if Liverpool are going to sign another striker, it should (IMO) be someone who is an experienced, prolific striker, with a record of consistently scoring goals.

After Balotelli, Lambert, and Borini, Liverpool can't afford any further gambles up-front; Rodgers needs to get it right, as the club's top four chances depend on it.



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28 comments:

  1. These two are the latest in a total of 31 starkers LFC will be signing in January according to the media. Yet again speculation and conjecture just picking numbers out of a hat.

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  2. IMO Jackson Martinez is perfect
    he always makes them runs in behind should suit balotelli
    and he has scored everywhere he has been.


    imagine martinez,balotelli,sterling and lallana in the same team
    wow
    even if it cost 40m

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  3. We have to think as if Sturridge will never ever be fit again.
    There is no way we can rely on him we need a world class striker
    through extensive research i have comprised a list of strikers that can fill in for SAS:
    Edinson Cavani
    Jackson Martinez
    Gonazalo Higuain

    cavani is a bit ambitious especially in January
    martinez and higuain though should be available
    then in the summer we should buy cabaye, ffp might be a problem but we can pay the 50m fine we are rich

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  4. if we bought martinez 35m,,cabaye 20m ,song 10m ,
    .........................................balotelli............martinez
    ......................................................sterling
    ........................................cabaye...................henderson
    .........................................................song


    wow that is a fantastic team if balotelli fails and we sell him we could buy higuain
    ...........................................higuain.............martinez
    ........................................................sterling
    ....................................cabaye.......................henderson
    .......................................................song
    higuain 35m
    so for the price of 100m we could have one of the world most feared attack add 50m ffp fine
    fsg we need 150m


    ...

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  5. liverpools policy is all wrong
    we should buy players that are in their 25-29
    martinez,higuain,song and cabaye are the players lfc needs


    chelsea only buy 25-30 unless there is a supreme talent such as hazard

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  6. when you say Chelsea only buy 25-30 I'm a assuming you mean age but whats humorous is it is also the ball park cost of most of their players.

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  7. Then what? Get 2 years of good service for about 50M lbs per player, then we're stuck with an over the hill mercenary. 25-26 sure, but any older and it's not worth it unless the price is right.

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  8. 50M lbs per Player?? I am surprised we can manage them for one day, let alone two years. We seem to have created history.

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  9. Another good young player, I'd take him aswell, but only after Firmino has arrived... Played mostly out wide, but also makes a quality CF...One thing is for sure, we need something to happen in January... Still fancy Paco Alcacer or Wissam Ben Yedder though... If we get any two of these, I'll be a happy fan.

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  10. Too pricey, too old... We need quality for sure, but we need it for seasons to come and not just for christmas.

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  11. Bet their fleet footed, and float like a butterfly

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  12. if man utd thought like you with falcao or city with yaya toure or chelsea with fabregas where would they be?

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  13. Difference being price, They have cash to splash.. LFC don't... We need to be more ingenious with the players we bring in....
    Falcao is a loan for £10m on £350,000 per week... they can have him..
    Toure is having a slow start to the season, and city bought him with years ahead of him, plus he's on a totally diferent level to Higuian or Martinez...
    Fabregas is still only young (27) for a midfielder, so not even comparible.... Strikers are not so reliable for 30 plus yr olds....

    Fact is it all comes down to money, they have it....

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  14. Balotelli recently said that he is a striker that likes floating
    in which case we should sign a main striker who loves poaching


    rather then creative players like paco or ben yedder who do not have the reputation needed to play for lfc anyway


    jackson martinez is perfect man utd signed van persie at the age of 29 even though his injury prone
    i dont see the problem of signing martinez who just turned 28 an dis only one year older then suarez if he gives us 3 good years


    10m per year thats alright a borini/aspas a year
    i say spend 40m now on him we wont regret it plus having carroll as our record signing still bugs me

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  15. i don't know about the striker thing you said
    forlan,drogba,larson, di natale ,van persie
    all got better with age


    i think its strikers who dont rely on pace that do well in the latter years

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  16. You should check them out before making up your mind... Yedder is one of the best in France, and Paco was the only shining light recently for Spain... and is doing great stuff with Valencia...
    If Martinez was so perfect, why is he still playing in Portugal and not in a better league... Not so difficult to look good for the best team in a very uncompetitive league.
    And what of Suarez's rep before the move to Anfield...not so many people had heard of him aside from his sending off in the previous WC

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  17. Van Persie is always injured, Drogba only plays when Chavski are already winning, and the others play in lesser leagues for a reason.

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  18. Being linked with both these lads shows we have been scouting someone in their team.

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  19. i dispute that 49 goals in 48 games and goals vs arsenal in cl
    everyone who follows the game closely would ahve heard of him it is impossible not to with a goal record like his for ajax


    infact we were first linked with suarez even when rafa was in charge

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  20. i am talking of when the were about the age 29- 34
    apart from van persie none of the others are any more
    you really are not that in the known

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  21. Yet you make the claims of lack of rep for a player who only recently scored for Spain in the Euro qualifiers.... Many players score alot in the Eredivisie, it's a league set up to play that way... most teams comprised of kids make games more open...

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  22. Its easy to say that after the conversation....Fact is, all of these players are still playing, but in lesser leagues, Serie A or Argentina...fact remains that those still playing in the prem do so sparingly...

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  23. Anyway tomorrows game is key if we win 5-0 we can go 4th this would be my team


    .................................................balotelli
    markovic........................coutinho.............henderson..........lallana
    ....................................................lucas
    moreno............................lovren................skrtel..............johnson
    .....................................................mignolet


    bench: lambert,sterling,gerrad,allen,can,manquillo, jones


    rest gerarrd and sterling for madrid

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  24. Okay i was may be wrong about abacer i am not into football as i used to be
    but i know that ben yedder is more aston villa quality
    liverpool need to show signal of intent im sick of young players and continue excuses that come with it

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  25. I love that in true Fifa 15 fashion, you have completely gutted the squad... if only we had the money....I do fancy seeing Song in a Liverpool shirt though, and was dissapointed that Brendan once again overlooked a decent DM... we need one desperately.

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  26. I agree that we need to move onto first team starters. Kids are for the future, and I'm all for the future, but we shouldn't forget the present.. we still need to perform now, and an old experienced head always helps our cause...

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  27. Unfortunately Rogers has bought players of championship Quality to play in the champions league

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  28. Even when Sturridge is fit, he's, I think, proven to be more effective with a partner, after all they didn't call him and Suarez SAS for nothing. Balotelli has been thus far deployed as a lone striker, a role he admittedly hasn't been much good in, but with a partner, perhaps pushing Sterling up front and having Manquillo at right back with Johnson on the wing or a change of formation. Last season's success was heavily reliant on a man who had the best season of his career and a fit Sturridge, midfield goals have been lacking, and that, in part is where the problem is.

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