22 Nov 2013

Hamann: 'Fantastic' £34m star is an 'outstanding talent'. Should LFC sign him...?

Liverpool legend Dietmar Hamann has heaped lavish praise on exciting Schalke star Julian Draxler, a player with whom the Reds were linked during the summer 2012 transfer window. Earlier this week, the 20-year old attacking midfielder hinted that a transfer over the summer is likely, and given his obvious talents, should Liverpool reignite their interest in the player, who is also wanted by Arsenal and Manchester United?

Hamann raves: 'Fantastic' £34m star is an 'outstanding talent'. Should LFC bid...?
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In 2012, Liverpool reportedly considered a double-swoop for Draxler and Spurs midfielder Lewis Holtby, but nothing came of the alleged interest.

When quizzed about his future at Schalke this week, Draxler emphatically ruled out a January transfer, but seemed open to a summer switch. He told reporters:

"I have to look what is the best for me and I will do in the summer again and we will see what happens. I have always said English teams are very big clubs. You never know what happens in the summer"

Discussing Draxler's ability this week, fellow German Dietmar Hamann told the Daily Mail:

[Draxler is] an outstanding talent in midfield. He is a big lad, maybe 6ft 2in, but his touch is fantastic, as is his awareness. What I like most about him is that he can play the game at his own tempo and makes things happen".

Schalke have reportedly slapped a £34m price-tag on Draxler, which is utterly ridiculous for a 20-year old player who's done nothing of note in the game.

That's not to say Draxler isn't talented; he clearly is, but £34m? You're having a laugh! If he's worth £34m, then how much is the similarly-aged Philippe Coutinho worth? Draxler's stats last season are, admittedly, very promising, especially considering he was 19 at the time:

* 13 goals/5 assists in 39 apps (32 starts)
* Goal/Assist every 2.1 games.

Draxler clearly fits FSG's infernal transfer template, and with the German expressing a clear preference for English clubs, should Liverpool pursue their interest next summer? He regularly plays the number 10 role, and would provide great competition for Coutinho.



  1. He mentioned he loves premier league and likes Chelsea, United and Arsenal. I don't see how we will be able get him by any chance, unless we finish top 4.

  2. We need a cover for SAS and I feel Berbatov is the perfect fit as a cover. His contract will expire next summer, we cant get him for free. Its the best cover we can get, proven as well...!! Although he played for United, I don't mind if he does business for us.

  3. Berbatov is not what we need. He wouldn't suit our team at all. Can't you see Berbatov pressing? Not in a million years, He'd have his hand in his metaphorical pockets sulking. He can stay at Fulham.

  4. No, Spending big money on players for competition leads to media headlines about players being unhappy, constantly wanting to leave and as ive seen in articles on this site terms like Unhealthy competition get used.
    While im all for bringing in top players i think that money should be spent in positions we need starters in.
    Hopefully Suso and Alberto provide the competition for the number 10 next season

  5. Unfortunately that's going to be the case until we do make the top 4.

    Once we do qualify for Champions League, I truly believe the issues we've had signing the upper echelon players will go away.

    It'll just be a question of willingness to spend the appropriate amount of money at that point.

  6. HA! I thought the exact same thing for some time now! Than i red we were linked with Adrian from AMadrid, and i felt it came in a good context to the idea of having Berbatov. Thoughts.

  7. Or it solved it somehow.

    We gotta have a more reliable midfield though at the same time... Integral that we make it happen in Jan in order