11 Oct 2015

Klopp's Top Target: Liverpool chase world-class' £16m attacker who's 'supported LFC for 20-years'

Last month, ex-Red Jamie Redknapp hailed Andre Ayew - a long-time Liverpool target - for his immediate impact at Swansea City. In the past, Ayew has made it clear many times that he wants to play for LFC, yet despite his availability this summer, Brendan Rodgers seemingly decided against pursuing a deal. Well, it appears that new Reds boss Jurgen Klopp already has better judgement than Rodgers, as Ayew is reportedly one of his top transfer targets.

According to ESPN today:

"Jurgen Klopp has made Andre Ayew one of his top transfer targets, sources have told ESPN. Klopp is a big admirer of Ayew and twice tried to sign him when he was in charge of Borussia Dortmund".

Ayew - whose Swansea deal is reportedly worth £16m over 4 years - is a Liverpool fan, and he's confirmed this on several occasions:

* Jun 2013: He told Telefoot: "I am Ghanaian and an English speaker, and I have a strong preference for England. As for Liverpool - I followed them as a child".

* Feb 2015: Ayew enthused: “All my life I have been a Liverpool fan. It would be an honour play there".

* Apr 2015: He told reporters: "I've supported them [Liverpool] for 20 years. My dream is to play in the Premier League, but it's true that I'm a Liverpool fan".

This deal was an absolute no-brainer over the summer, and missing out on Ayew - hailed by Ghana boss Kwesi Appiah as 'a player of world-class technical ability - just confirmed once again that Rodgers has very little nous in the transfer market.

Unlike Liverpool's summer signings, Ayew - recently names Premier League 'Player of the Month' - immediately hit the ground running, and he's already contributed 5 goals/assists in 8 games for Swansea.

In a recent column for the Daily Mail, Redknapp hailed Ayew's early-season form:

"Swansea fans will be delighted with Andre Ayew. He already looks like he has been at the club forever. He [is] instantly comfortable with the pace of the game, his work rate [is] superb and he's shown some good skill".

Last month, I conducted a poll asking fans if Liverpool erred in failing to sign Ayew. The results were emphatic:

I'd happily swap Ayew for Milner - who also arrived on a free - or Lallana, whose place in the team would definitely be under threat from the Ghanaian's arrival.

Swansea got Ayew for free, so if Liverpool go in with a decent offer in January, the club will almost certainly sell, especially given the potentially humungous profit margin.

I also have no doubt that Ayew sees Swansea as a stepping stone to a bigger Premier League club, and if Liverpool - a club he clearly loves - come calling, it'll be an easy sell.

Author: Jaimie K


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