1 Aug 2015

Transfer Stunner: Rodgers wants Liverpool to sign £70m 'superstar' attacker with 189 goals/assists in 247 apps

Last year, Liverpool were linked with an improbable move for Bayern Munich 'superstar' Thomas Muller, and new reports this week suggest that the Reds still retain an interest in the world-class German star.

In May 2014, the Daily Mail claimed:

"Thomas Muller is an option for Liverpool and Arsenal, who have asked to be kept informed should the German champions consider selling".

According to German newspaper SportBild this week:

* Liverpool are interested in signing Muller, who is also a target for Manchester United.

* If Muller becomes available, Brendan Rodgers wants the Reds to put in an offer for coveted attacker.

Prior to Liverpool's alleged interest, Muller publicly complained about playing fewer games under Pep Guardiola:

"I'm unhappy with it [not starting regularly]. Pep and I talk to each other so I knew what was coming, but he knows and is aware that I am a total team player".

Bayern chief exec Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is totally against the sale of Muller (who has reportedly been offered £265k-a-week by Man United), and he made his feelings clear last week, when he told reporters:

“There are some players who just don’t have any price tag. We would be out of our minds to sell Müller.”

Bayern legend Franz Beckenbauer also refuses to countenance a transfer, and in a recent interview, he demanded that Bayern 'fight to win him [Muller] over', adding:

"We must do everything to keep him, and consider letting him go, only if he states categorically that he does not want to stay"

£70m-rated Muller is is a bona-fide world-class footballer (i.e. he's consistently had a specific, measurable impact of at domestic, European, and International level), so it's easy to understand why Beckenbauer and Ruminegge want him to stay.

Just check out his stats over the last 5 years:

* 2014-15: 39 goals/assists in 48 apps.
* 2013-14: 41 goals/assists in 51 apps.
* 2012-13: 40 goals/assists in 47 apps.
* 2011-12: 31 goals/assists in 53 apps.
* 2010-11: 38 goals/assists in 48 apps.

* TOTALS: 189 goals/assists in 247 apps
* Goal/Assist every 1.3 games (1 every 95 mins)

Amazing stats, which display Muller's incredible consistency.

The only other players in Europe who consistently score/create to this level are Messi, Ronaldo, and Suarez.

Additionally, Muller is only 25, which means his prime years are still ahead (!)

I would personally swap any Liverpool player for Muller, including fan-favourite Philippe Coutinho:

* I'm a huge fan of Coutinho, but Muller is on a totally different planet, especially when it comes to creative contribution.

* Coutinho is 23, and he's never scored more than 8 goals in one season for Liverpool, and his personal best is comparatively meagre 13 goals/assists in one season.

* At the same age, Miller contributed an insane number of goals/assists, including 38 at the age of 20.

Muller is a phenomenon, and he's ten levels above the dross brought in by Rodgers over the last three years, but why then would he swap Bayern Munich for Liverpool, a club that struggles to maintain a Champions League presence?

I'd be perfectly happy to see Liverpool spend £70m+ on Muller, and pay him £265k-a-week. He is one of the few players in European football who lives up to the hype, and genuinely deserves the label 'world-class'.

If, hypothetically, Muller came to Liverpool, it would be game over for Adam Lallana, that's for sure, though to be honest, he'd probably end being ruined by Brendan Rodgers, who'd probably play him out of position and/or repeatedly select vastly inferior players (like Lallana) ahead of him.

A player like Muller needs to be managed by a manager of comparative stature, and Rodgers 'aint it.

Author: Jaimie K


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