18 Jun 2016

'New Bale' to Anfield? Liverpool chase 'irreplaceable' super-fast €20m attacker. Klopp's top target

Liverpool are once again being linked with a move for VFB Stuttgart winger Filip Kostic, and new reports suggest that the Reds are one of a number of top clubs considering a big-money summer transfer.

In April, SportBild claimed:

"Filip Kostic has aroused the interest of Liverpool. Kostic has €20m release clause".

According to the Daily Mail:

""Liverpool are among the clubs to have checked on Kostic. Borussia Dortmund, Wolfsburg and Schalke have also expressed an interest"

Some info about Kostic, described in August by ex-manager Alexanger Zorniger as 'irreplaceable'.

* 23-year old left-winger, who can also play on the right, or as a number-10. Current contract expires: 2019.

* 8 goals/14 assists (22) in 63 games for Stuttgart (Goal every 568 mins. G/A every 204 mins. 6 appearances for the Serbia national team)

* Aug 2014: Stuttgart Director of Sport Fredi Bobic enthused: "Kostic is a technically capable player and prolific player with an eye for goal and the potential to develop further".

* Mar 2016: Bild claimed that Kostic is Klopp's top transfer target.

* Often described as the 'new Gareth Bale' due to his blistering pace.

Perhaps it's just me, but I fail to see one goal every 503 minutes is an 'irreplaceable' creative return.

Kostic may be an accurate crosser but that is secondary to actual end product, and he's certainly not 'prolific'. Additionally, €20m is excessive, especially when there are more prolific players available for the same price. That said, there are positives:

* A tall, strong, robust attacking midfielder, the likes of which are thin on the ground at Anfield.

* Has great pace, and has missed less than 10 games through injury for his entire career.

* Only 23, so his best years are ahead. Plus, there's room for improvement, and under Klopp, perhaps he'll realise his full potential.

Worth a bid?


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