11 Oct 2012

'It must be put right!' - Exciting €12m LFC wing target reveals future plans...

Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur target Dries Mertens has dismissed suggestions that he is angling for a move to the Premier League, insisting that he still has unfinished business in the Eredivisie.

Speaking to Reporters today, Mertens - who joined PSV from Utrecht in the Summer of 2011 - addressed ongoing speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League. He said:

"I am very happy at PSV.

"We have a very good team, the atmosphere is great, and I'm close to Belgium.

"Of course I sometimes think about moving to a bigger team, but I still have a sour feeling about missing the title last year.

"That must be put right"

The Belgian star has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield over the last month, and a source close to the player recently claimed that the Reds have been following the 25-year old for a while:

"Liverpool first wanted Mertens when Kenny Dalglish was manager but they are still making their interest well known.

"He would obviously love to play for such a prestigious club in English football but right now he can only focus on producing strong performances for PSV"

In his first season at PSV, €12-rated Mertens scored 25 goals in 43 matches, grabbing 3 hat-tricks along the way, and he's started this season in superb form, grabbing four goals and six assists in PSV's first seven league matches.

The Belgian international's goal record may be good, but as we've seen with Dirk Kuyt, Mateja Kezman, Luis Suarez and other players who came from Holland, scoring a shedload of goals in the Eredivisie doesn't always mean the same will happen in the Premier League.

Having said that, Mertens' countryman Eden Hazard is not doing too badly in the Premier League, and he came from La Liga, which is also a comparatively weaker league.

With the news tonight that Fabio Borini has suffered a broken foot on International duty, the need for attacking reinforcements at Anfield becomes even more acute, and perhaps Liverpool will now purse the likes of Mertens a little more aggressively.

Jaimie Kanwar


  1. It's quite a stretch to say that the Eredvisie is stronger than Ligue 1.
    Or La Liga for that matter.. ;)

  2. Yes J, awful news for Borini, it really compounds the Transfer debacle in January. this guy Mertens looks a good prospect, but now the need for an out and out Striker/Scorer is even more critical. Looks like Carroll will return, we wont have much options, considering we urgently need at least two more strikers/Scorers. If this doesnt push FSG into action nothing will. I guess we will have more time to look at Yesil/Morgan/Ngoo/Sinclair etc, to see how far their development has progressed.

  3. Agree, awful news about Borini, regardless of how well he has or hasn't done so far as we need every striker fit as we barely have any. Until the Jan window, the likes of Morgan, Yesil and Pacheco move up the pecking order somewhat. But we should never have been put in this position where one of our senior strikers get injured and we suddenly have to rely on puppies. Very silly planning from FSG, Ayres and Rodgers.

  4. I much rather play the puppies than a re-called donkey.

  5. I said and many others from the day the transfer window shut this was a crisis waiting to happen when injuries occur, the absentee owners have a lot to answer for. You have no choice but to recall Carroll at the moment unless someone else comes in. Borini though not wishing injury on anyone was a bad buy in the first place and money was wasted that could of been spent on a better player.
    Kelly is out for the season, Agger is playing through the pain barrier, Wisdom is out of the U21 squad with a shoulder injury, Shelvey has just served a 3 match ban and Suarez is now facing a gruelling schedule of playing against Argentina and Bolivia during the International break and Rodgers must be anxious to hear he comes through unscathed.
    You cannot rely on players like Morgan and Yesil, Morgan could be the next Neil Mellor for all we know. Pacheco has not shown at this level he has anything to write home about.
    I can see Stevie G and Carragher upfront for the Derby at this rate.