3 May 2016

Next Stop Anfield? 'Dynamic' £22m attacker responds to Liverpool rumours; hints at transfer away due to 'overhaul'

Prior to signing for Wolfsburg, Liverpool were linked with a move for ex-Chelsea star Andre Schurrle^, and recent reports suggest that the German attacker is on Jurgen Klopp's recruitment wish-list for the upcoming summer transfer window.

According to ESPN:

* Wolfsburg are planning an 'overhaul' this summer, and Schurrle's place is under threat.

* Liverpool are tracking Schurrle with a view to making a move in the summer.

When asked over the weekend about the possibility of signing for Liverpool, Schurrle told Bild:

"It's not my style to join in with the [transfer] speculation. The sporting director has talked about a squad overhaul, and allegedly I am part of that. We'll see what happens".

Some info about 25-year old Schurrle:

* Plays mostly as a left-sided attacker, but can also play on the right, or up-front. Current contract expires: 2019

* Wolfsburg: 11 goals/10 assists in 61 apps (One every 169 mins)

* Chelsea: 14 goals/3 assists in 65 games (One every 178 mins)

* Germany: 20 goals in 50 games.

* Dec 2013: Joachim Loew noted: "He [Schurrle] is dynamic, works back well and has a strong finish. His physical strength was an issue, but he has worked well. If he continues to play like that, the World Cup will certainly not pass him by."

* Mar 2014: Jose Mourinho's assessment: "Andre, in front of goal, is cold-blooded. He looks to the keeper and can put the ball through his legs, can dribble and score in an open goal. He’s a really good finisher".

* Jan 2015: Jurgen Klopp reportedly tried to sign Schurrle for Dortmund as a 'replacement for Marco Reus'.

Hmmm. As I see it, Schurrle already plays for Liverpool, but goes by the name 'Adam Lallana'. As such, this transfer is arguably unnecessary.

That said, 20 goals in 50 internationals is a superb record (vs. 0 goals in 20 internationals for Lallana), and Schurrle has missed only seven games through injury for his entire career.

If it comes down to a choice between the German Lallana, and the British Lallana, I'll take the German version.

^ Cost Wolfsburg £22m.

Author: Jaimie K


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