11 Dec 2015

Anfield-Bound: Klopp in pole-position to sign 'extraordinary' €15m star who wants Liverpool transfer

The Neven Subotic/Liverpool rumours simply refuse to die, and new reports this week suggest that the Reds have a strong chance of sealing a deal for the injury prone defender during the January transfer window.

According to German newspaper Bild:

* Subotic - hailed by Klopp for his 'extraordinary' performances. is 'likely' to leave Dortmund in the near future.

* Liverpool have a '60% chance' of signing £15m-rated Subotic next month.

Quite how Bild came up with the 60% figure is anyone's guess, but one thing's for sure: Dortmund are definitely willing to sell players to Liverpool.

BVB chief Hans-Joachim Watzkeconfirmed this last week, when he told reporters:

"We at BVB have a very good relationship with Jurgen, and there’d be no conflict were there be to be interest in one of our players at some point".

Subotic reportedly wants to follow Klopp to Anfield, and when asked recently about the Liverpool rumours, BVB Sporting Director Michael Zorc told BILD:

“Neven is not happy [at Dortmund], and there are strong indications that he will say his farewells in January. Klopp wants to take him to Liverpool".

I've said it once, and I'll say it again: this deal should be a non-starter due to Subotic's poor injury history:

* 12 injuries in the last four years, including a cruciate ligament injury (351 days on the sidelines/88 games missed).

* This season: 10 games missed already as a result of a persistent back problem.

After Daniel Agger, what is the point in signing yet another injury-prone defender? It's madness to even consider it. Additionally, Liverpool concede less than one goal per game under Klopp, which suggests that the current defensive unit is capable of consistent solidity.

With that in mind, is there really a need to rush into the transfer market and sign another central defender? At the very least, Liverpool should assess the situation for the rest of the season, and then make a decision in the summer.

Author: Jaimie K



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