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28 Oct 2015

Marquee Signing: LFC chase 'incredible' £35m goal-machine who wants 'Liverpool' transfer. January mega-deal?

With Benteke, Sturridge, and Ings currently injured, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is reportedly considering a January move for Borussia Dortmund attacker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Liverpool were last linked with Aubameyang in May, and according to the Daily Express today:

"The Reds are keen on signing [Aubameyang]. A £35million bid [is] thought to be in the offering, with Liverpool keen to bolster their attacking options".

When asked about Liverpool's interested in early October, Aubameyang made it clear that he's interested in a transfer:

"An offer to join Liverpool now Jurgen [Klopp] is there would be an attractive proposition."

Aubameyang changed his tune somewhat this week, though, when he revealed a preference for a move to La Liga:

"I've always dreamed of playing in Spain. I am very happy at Dortmund, but everyone knows that in the world of football things can change quickly."

Some info about Aubameyang:

* Nicknamed 'Spiderman' as he often dons a Spiderman mask after scoring goals.

* St.Etienne: 68 goals/assist in 96 apps for (Goal/assist every 1.4 games)

* Dortmund: 82 goals/assists in 111 apps (Goal/assist every 1.3 games)

* Totals: 150 goals/assists in 207 apps (Goal/assist every 1.4 games)

* This season: 25 goals/assists in 17 games (Goal/assist every 56 minutes)

* Jurgen Klopp's assessment: “His [Aubameyang's]  pace is incredible and he’s also technically strong. He is a great player and we are very pleased with him.”

* Carlo Ancelotti worked with Aubameyang at AC Milan, and his view is similarly enthusiastic: "Aubameyang is dangerous, fast and attacks well from deep. In the absence of Lewandowski, he can do a good job of replacing him.”

* Most importantly, Aubemyang is very rarely injured. In the last three years, he's spent just 20 days on the sidelines, and in that time, he's missed just 6 games through injury.

Aubameyang seems to tick all the boxes: 'incredible' pace, prolific creative output, and used to operating in Klopp's gegenpressing system. Additionally, his creative output this season is stunning: 25 goals/assists in 17 games, and it's only October (!)

It may all be moot, though. Two weeks ago, Klopp stated that he has 'no intention' of signing Dortmund players. The German seems like a man of principle, and I doubt he'll want to alienate a club that holds him in such high esteem.

Whatever happens, Liverpool need a solution. The club cleary cannot rely on Sturridge and Benteke, and it's time to start signing physically robust players.

Author: Jaimie K


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