9 Apr 2014

Sign ASAP? Great news for LFC as boss says 'outstanding' €10m star 'may leave'.

Liverpool are currently linked with a summer move for FC Nurenberg striker Josip Drmic, and in a boost for the Reds' transfer hopes, it appears that the youngster is highly likely to leave the Bundesliga during the upcoming transfer window.

Last week, various reports claimed that Liverpool are interested in signing the 21-year old striker, who is available for an €10m fee.

When asked on Sunday about the possibility of Drmic leaving this summer, Nurenberg sporting director Martin Bader offered the following frank assessment:

"I would be very naive to ignore the possibility that Drmic may leave. I can't be certain 100% that he'll be with us next season. We'll see"

Some info about Drmić:

* Second highest goalscorer in the Bundesliga this season with 16 goals; level with Robert Lewandowski; just one behind Mario Mandzukic, and many more than the likes Robben, Ribery, Firmino, and Klass Jan Huntelaar.

* 16 goals/3 assists in 25 starts this season.
* Two goals in five apps for the Swiss national team.
* 2012-13: 19 goals in 39 apps for FC Zurich.
* 65% passing accuracy.
* 52 shots/24 key passes in 27 apps this season.

Last month, Drmic scored two goals against Croatia, and after the game, Switzerland boss Ottmar Hitzfeld raved:

"Josip Drmic was outstanding for us today. We managed to make use of his pace and create danger from his runs."

In 2004-5, Nurnberg legend Marek Mintál topped the Bundesliga scoring charts, and the now-retired Slovakia striker believes that Drmic has a great future ahead. He recently told UEFA.com:"

"Josip pays close attention when he is being told something. He takes on advice like a sponge. If he manages to maintain his form until the World Cup, I fear it's bad news for all the teams Switzerland face."

Nurnberg coach Gertjan Verbeek added:

"If Josip continues as he is performing at the moment, I'm certain he will win the Golden Boot one day"

In my view, Drmic fits the profile of the type of striker LFC should sign this summer:

* Young, hungry and comparatively inexperienced.
* Fits into the LFC striker pecking order easily.
* Won't expect to play every single game.
* Doesn't have the standing in the game to expect to play every game.
* Will probably be happy to learn from SAS.
* Is talented enough to provide decent competition/cover.

If Liverpool are genuinely interested, then it's probably a good idea to seal the deal before the World Cup, as great performances on the world stage tend to massively inflate transfer values.

Worth a bid?



  1. If we will sign one young, hungry striker with bags of talent, it should be Aleksander Mitrovic at Anderlecht. Get Youri Tielemans in while we're at it. But I still think Diego Costa should be our number one target in that position and otherwise Ricky Lambert.

  2. Liverpool lack experience???
    1) Sakho: French title, 3 Cup winners medals
    2) Agger: Danish title & Cup, Lge Cup and FA Cup winners medals
    3) Sturridge: 1 PL title, 2 FA Cups & 1 CL winners medals
    4) Toure: 2 PL titles, 3 FA Cup winners medals
    5) Gerrard: Everything but the PL title
    6) Skrtel: Russian title, Lge Cup winners medals
    7) Cissokho: Portuguese title, 2 Cup winners medals
    8) Johnson: 1 PL title, 2 Lge Cup & 1 FA Cup winners medals
    9) Suarez: Uruguayan title, Dutch title & Cup, Lge Cup and Copa America winners medals
    These are just some of the winners medals in this current squad, people say we lack experience?................really?

  3. Right on mate... if you asked me what the major difference is in the squad this season, I'd say it's the 'hate to lose' mentality that the players have now begun to display coupled with their seeming inability to be unruffled no matter the situation... champions attitude, if you ask me

  4. 1) Moses: 1 African Nations Cup and UEFA Cup
    2) Lucas: 2 Brazilian titles (Gremio) and 1 Lge Cup
    3) Enrique: 1 Championship title and 1 Lge Cup
    Not on the level of the mancs or Chelsea but Liverpool have many winners................. :-)

  5. Or maybe because he's 32 he would jump at the chance to experience the Champions League and life at one of the biggest clubs in world football. The club he played for as a youngster. I think there wouldn't be a doubt in his mind should het get the chance.

  6. I am not saying he will not be willing to join us. I am just saying that LFC will not offer him a contract of 3 years.

    I highly doubt Lambert at his age will join us with a contract that is only for one season which is in all probability the only thing LFC would offer.

  7. Gerrard is 33 and he's on a contract until he's past 35 even :-) I wouldn't know why we wouldn't offer him a good deal. Maybe one year with an renewal clause. Thing is, even if he would only get a one year contract and we would not renew it, he will find a job if he wants to continue playing. With everything we have to offer him I'm convinced he would sign even a one year contract.In a heartbeat.

  8. Looks like a good player! Like JK, with CL coming next year we need a need a young talented striker to learn of Luis and Daniel. With Borini coming back well have 4 strikers.

    Also, question for everyone.

    If we do win the title, where do we go form there? Do you think BR will be tempted to change things around since we'll be able to attract better players? Or will he simply add to the core?

    Also expectation would be higher than ever, can we cope with that?

    I think we need a LB, ST, DC, AMC, DMC and a Winger.

    I suspect Kolo, Aly, maybe Agger, Moses, Assaidi will leave.

  9. Regardless of whether we win, we will be in CL so either way there are plenty of possibilities regarding big transfers.

    I'd personally like us to add to the core of the squad. I don't see the point in bringing in a big money player with no guarantee of success (eg Mkhitaryan, Ozil) and demote Coutinho or Sterling for nothing. Both of these players should only get better. It's a similar concept all over the pitch. Henderson for example, 3 players have tried to replace him but who has come out on top?

    We should make use of our returning loan players and look at transfer targets for left back, possibly right back? I think Flanagan is good but if he wasn't English or Scouse we'd all have much less time for him. It would be tough on Flanno but we could easily get an upgrade there. On the other side, we don't know what's going down with Johnson regarding his future and it seems like Kelly will never be the player he once was or could have been, due to injuries.

  10. Also regarding the title, I think this years challenge has been kind of a miracle, everything has fallen so perfectly into place - Having said that, we are top of the league on merit. If we did win the league, I would not be disappointed if we finished 4th the following season. It's as if we have skipped a step in our forward progression. We've gone from somewhat struggling to only 5 games away from the title and we've skipped that middle stage of consistent CL qualification.

    It could have been to downplay expectations given our title form, but Rodgers has said in the past it's as if we are a year ahead of schedule in terms of our progress. Maybe it's a defeatist or pessimistic view, but for me, Rodgers goal is consistency, so even if we do win the league this season there should not be a need to raise expectations for the following seasons.

  11. Well said mate, putting all those ignorant people in their place.