Despite increased defensive solidity this year, Liverpool are seemingly on the lookout for another central defender, and Reds boss Brendan Rodgers reportedly has eye on Bayer Leverkusen star Kyriakos Papadopolous, who is currently on loan from Schalke.In March, multiple reports claimed that Liverpool are back in the hunt for Papadopolous, and according to The Mirror on Sunday:
* Papadopolous has 'no intention' of returning to Schalke.
* Rodgers has scouted the Greece international 'extensively'.
* Papadopolous's agents have 'been in touch; with Liverpool this week to see whether Rodgers maintains his interest.
Liverpool were heavily linked with £19m-rated* Papadopolous in the winter and summer 2013 transfer windows, and during those periods:
* Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo reported that the Reds put in an offer.
* 'Sources' close to the player' claimed that Rodgers is a huge fan, and that Papadopolous was keen to join Liverpool.
* Liverpool legend Jan Molby insisted that Papadopolous 'fits the profile' of the type of player Liverpool 'want to build a team around', and shrugged off worries about the young defender's injury history. He noted: "When I’ve seen him [Papadopolous] in Champions League matches, I’ve been impressed. he’s a talented young player with real potential. He is as strong as a bull, dominant in the air and very good in one-on-one situations".
* Former Monaco CEO Tor-Kristian Karlsen described Kyriakos as 'one of the best center-backs in Europe', and claimed that several Premier League clubs - including LFC - were chasing the youngster. He tweeted: "Liverpool interest is concrete. Has been on the shortlist/highly rated by many European top clubs (including Chelsea, Man City and Man Utd). Nice transfer coup for Liverpool if they manage to land Papadopoulos.
* ESPN football analyst Rafael Honigstein then confirmed Karlsen's contention, claiming: "Liverpool are pretty close to landing Kyriakos Papadopoulos. There’s no fear he will be affected long-term [by the injury]"
So, Papadouolous's agents have allegedly been in contact to see if Liverpool are still interested in a deal? In light of the following damning facts, they're clearly having a laugh:
* From November 2012 to October 2013, Papadopolous spent an incredible 322 days on the sidelines with a knee injury.
* Since returning from that setback, he's suffered another SEVEN injuries in just 18 months (including THREE this season alone) and spent a further 202 days on the sidelines.
* Since his major knee surgery, Papadopolous has suffered two serious recurrences, which suggest his knee is basically kaput.
* To top it all off, Papadopolous is now injured *again*. On Saturday, Bayer Leverkusen confirmed the latest setback with the following tweet: "Kyriakos Papadopoulos has suffered a dislocation of the left shoulder joint in Cologne. He had an operation on Monday and is out for three months".
Unbelievable. This guy should just retire now as he's clearly not built for football.
With this kind of injury history, I can't seriously believe that Liverpool are genuinely interested. Why take a massive risk on a central defender - or indeed any player - who is perpetually injured?
Like Daniel Sturridge, Papadopolous is not reliable, and although he's available on a free transfer, there's no real benefit if he ends up spending most of his time on the sidelines.
Author: Jaimie K