6 Oct 2015

First Signing? 'Extraordinary' £15m Dortmund star keen to follow Jurgen Klopp to Liverpool

Speculation linking Jurgen Klopp with the Liverpool job is at fever pitch right now, and if the German boss signs on the dotted line, the Reds will inevitably be linked with many of Borussia Dortmund's first-team squad. It's already happening, and according to reports in Italy today, Dortmund defender Neven Subotic is keeping a close eye on events at Anfield.

According to Italian newspaper Tutto Mercato:

* Subotic is 'waiting to see' if Klopp ends up at Liverpool.

* If Klopp takes the job, Subotic could follow his old boss to Anfield.

Subotic followed Klopp from Mainz to Dortmund, and it's not inconceivable to think that a reunion could be on the cards.

The 26-year old Serb is definitely interested in a move to the Premier League, and he confirmed this in April, when he told Kicker magazine:

"I can imagine playing in a league someday which rates physical football. The game in England is tougher, more aggressive and more physical, and as a centre-back I don't want to fear just touching an opponent".

In the same interview, Subotic - - hailed by Klopp for his 'extraordinary' performances - blasted players who engage in play-acting and cheating, the risible euphimism for which is 'gamesmanship'. He scathed:

"How can I do my work when my opponent starts crying without contact? Diving annoy me, I think that's cheating. I just don't like it when an attacker is going at one kilometre an hour and flies like he's been hit by a car."

A refreshing point of view, which mirrors my own, but if £15m-rated Subotic thinks that the Premier League is a paragon of fair play, then he's in for a rude awakening.

Diving and cheating is as prevalent in England as it is anywhere else, and some of the game's biggest divers ply their trade in the Prem (i.e. Rooney, Young, and even some Liverpool players, who shall remain nameless).

In any event, this deal is (or should be) a non-starter for one simple reason: Subotic is far too injury prone for the rough and tumble of the Premier League:

* 11 injuries in the last four years, including a cruciate ligament injury.

* 331 days on the sidelines (78 games missed).

* Made only two appearances this season as a result of a persistent back problem.

Liverpool need to improve defensively, but the new manager (whoever that may be) should be able to create a solid defensive unit with the central defenders already at the club, all of whom are experienced internationals.

The transfer market doesn't open for another three months, so the new manager will have to choice but to get the club's current defenders firing on all cylinders.

Author: Jaimie K


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