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15 Oct 2015

Sign for Klopp? 'Brilliant' £15m World-Cup winner hails 'great' Liverpool and confirms transfer to England 'excites' him

With Joe Gomez injured, Sakho reportedly considering a move to Roma, and Lovren struggling for fitness and consistency, Jurgen Klopp's goal of having a 'stable' defensive unit seems as far away as ever. Liverpool are currently linked with moves for Dortmund defenders Neven Subotic, and Mats Hummels, but Schalke captain Benedict Howedes has now hinted that he's open to a Liverpool transfer.

When asked today about whether he's interested in joining Klopp at Anfield, £15m-rated Howedes told German newspaper Bild:

"Liverpool is a club with great tradition and values, and English football is very fortunate to have someone like Klopp. I am with Schalke 04, but for any footballer, there are clubs which are more interesting than others."

Howedes also made it clear that he'd love to play in the Premier League:

"[Playing] Abroad excites me and England is an interesting choice. It does not depend on the money. For that, I am too much of a football romantic and I am too ambitious".

Some info about Howedes:

* Central defender, who can also operate as a full-back. Has also played as a defensive midfielder on several occasions.

* Like Gerrard, a one-club man, and Howedes is now in his 10th year as a senior Schalke player.

* 275 games for Schalke (29 goals/9 assists)

* 32 apps for the German national team (World Cup winner in 2014, and played every minute of the tournament)

* Current contract expires in 2017.

* JUN 2015: Confirmed that he wants a move to England: "If I am to leave Schalke one day, I do not want to move clubs within the Bundesliga. England would be my goal."

* Mesut Ozil's assessment: "I would recommend every player to go to England. The Premier League is the best league in the world. Players like Mats and Benedikt certainly have the potential to succeed in the big clubs [in England]".

* After Howedes helped Germany win the World Cup, Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer raved: "The player that impressed the most was Benedikt Höwedes. He played in a very unfamiliar position and put in quality performances. He was brilliant.”

Howedes is 28 in February, and after spending so long at Schalke, now is the ideal time to experience football in another league. The defender claims he's 'ambitious', so this may be the last chance to get a move to one of Europe's biggest clubs.

If Rodgers was still in charge, then there'd be no chance of signing a World Cup winner. However, with Klopp at the helm, it now seems a possibility, and Howedes clearly has a lot of respect for the German, so that should work in Liverpool's favour.

A viable target?

Author: Jaimie K


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