25 Apr 2013

Great news: LFC favourites to sign €40m goal-machine who won POTY 3 times.

Liverpool are reportedly in pole position to sign Armenian attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who currently plays for Shakhtar Donetsk.

According to reports in the Armenian press, Liverpool have 'moved closer' to signing the 24-year old, who recently changed his representation in a bid to push through a summer move to Anfield.

In a bid to ward off interested clubs, Shakhtar recently increased Mkhitaryan's buy-out clause to a whopping €40m, but it seems that the player has his heart set on a transfer, so that tactical move probably won't make any difference.

Last week, The Telegraph reported:

"Brendan Rodgers is highly impressed by Armenia attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan. He sent Michael Edwards and Barry Hunter - Liverpool's overseas scout - to watch the 24-year-old play for his country against Czech Republic this week. Edwards was joined by ".

LFC want €40m goal-machine who won 'Player of the Year' 3 times. Excited...?

3-time POTY winner to Anfield? LFC favourites to sign €40m goal-machine.

Mkhitaryan seemed to be angling for a move away, and he told Sky Sports:

"For every player to play for the strongest clubs in the world is a dream, and I will do everything possible to move this summer to a different team."

However, a few days later, the playmaker appeared to change his tune, and argued that he was just joking around with his earlier statement:

"I'm a player of Shakhtar and I have a contract until 2015. I answered a question in a playful way. I have misunderstood or someone has misinterpreted my words."

Mkhitaryan has grabbed an amazing 22 goals in 23 league games for Donetsk this season, which is a fantastic return for an attacking midfielder, and he is determined to keep his form going to preserve the status he's worked to hard to achieve. He told Shakhtar's official website:

“It’s hard to achieve something, but you can lose it in one minute, so I know the value of what I have achieved, and I hope that I won’t ever lose it. Sometimes, I intentionally listen to what people talk about me. That’s pleasing and motivational for me to perform even better"

Mkhitaryan also admitted that he used to criticism, and expects to be pulled up when he delivers a poor performance:

“I never take the praise, if I know that I played badly. The situation has changed now: when my performance is poor, my countrymen start criticizing me, whereas they only praised me before"

Mkhitaryan has received a raft of accolades recently:

* Armenian Footballer of the Year in 2009, 2011 and 2012.
* Best Shakhtar player of 2011–12 season by the fans.
* Named in UEFA's Top 100 players by UEFA European Football Yearbook 2012-13.
* Voted CIS Footballer of the Year for 2012.

Worth a bid if the price is right?

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  1. lets be realistic if hes that good why would he come to a club in meltdown that will more than likely lose its best player in the summer...the rogers factor...this deal wont happen ...rogers may have heard of him but but the only rogers henrik has heard of is buck...thats unless he wants to come and play with borini amd allen

  2. How do you know he's heard of Buck Ro"D"gers?

  3. Let's be realistic....you're way off the mark and we are nowhere near meltdown. Yes, we may lose Suarez but if we do it'll be because of his own stupid actions but at least we'll get a good transfer fee. Rogers deserves more credit for what he's trying to do and he is, slowly, making progress. Whoever was manging would have a huge task on his hands. Players will still want to come to Liverpool - you might not see it but we are still a huge club around the world. And besides players don't really care who is manager so long as they feel wanted. Klopp was an unknown 2-3yrs ago and look at the team he's put together and what he's achieved.

  4. In meltdown? You only just started supporting us last year did you? If this is meltdown I guess the G and H era was Fukushima and Moores tenure was Tchernobyl?

  5. This guy looks a solid player. It's about time our scouts get off their behinds and do some work. And I'm sure we can get him for a decent price

  6. a way better option than eriksen imo. eriksen can drift in and out of games and lacks toughness. this guy is super skillful as well as tough. armenians are a v tough race and would find out weather similar to the maldives.

  7. I haven't seen him play but I like what I've heard and if he wants to play for us then I'd go for him over Ericksen too as he is sounding like too much of a mercenary.

  8. I think I need the help of the board here. So many questions, and I don't know a thing about this guy.

    What is he like defensively? How is his passing? Is he going to be fairly accurate, or cough it up like the Ryan Babel's and Glen Johnson's of the world? Is he fairly penalty free? What kind of system does he play in now and do you think he would work in BR's system? And who would he replace if he started in the lineup at LFC? I'm assuming next season the main 1st squad will feature Suarez (At some point), Coutinho, Sturridge, Gerrard...and then I'm waiting to see who gets shipped and who gets signed.

    Not sure where this guy would fit in. 23 goals from midfield, sounds nice though. Waiting to hear from the electronic Kop-ites before making a decision.

  9. What ever happened...please don't sell out luis suarez.LFC must stable on striker areas.Since torres join chelsea,LFC only depend to suarez to score many goal.If he go,LFC must start from zero again to polish new strikers.