14 Jan 2016

Klopp's Next Transfer? Liverpool keen to sign explosive 'world-beater' who's 'like Arjen Robben'

Back in November 2013, Liverpool were linked with a move for 'talented' German attacker Sidney Sam, and new reports this week suggest that the 27-year old is back on the Reds' transfer wish-list.

According to German football magazine Kicker:

"Kicker sources say Liverpool are hot on Sidney Sam, who is aware of LFC's interest, and may leave Schalke this month".

Back in May, Schalke suspended Sam 'indefinitely' due to a perceived lack of commitment to the cause, and at the time, Sporting Director Horst Heldt barked:

"The level of trust is no longer there. It's not about the loyalty to individuals, but rather about the attitude of giving everything to be successful".

The ban has since been lifted, but after failing to make a single league appearance all season, it's clear that Sam remains an outcast at Schalke.

All of which begs the question: why are Liverpool interested in a player who appears to have attitude issues?

Liverpool legend Dietmar Hamann Hamann is in two minds about Sam, and when asked in November 2013 about his ability, Hamann told the Daily Mail:

"Some days he looks a world-beater, others he can be in and out. He’s got pace, ability and...open spaces suit him"

Some info about Sam:

* Can play as a winger or a striker, and that versatility may appeal to Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.

* Ex-Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes: "With his playing style he is like Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben, and these types of players are very hard to find".

* Leverkusen: 62 goals/assists in 124 app (One every 145 mins)

* Schalke: 1 goal/assist in 17 games (1 every 791 mins)

After achieving good creative stats at Leverkusen, something clearly went spectacularly wrong at Schalke. Perhaps Jurgen Klopp feels he can resurrect Sam's career, and get him firing on all cylinders for Liverpool?

Whatever the reason, this deal should be a non-starter due to Sam's atrocious injury history:

* 16 separate injures since 2012, fourteen of which were muscle problems (!)

* 488 days on the sidelines (82 games missed).

Seriously, you're having a laugh. Liverpool shouldn't touch Sam - or indeed any injury prone player - with a barge pole.

Author: Jaimie K



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