24 Oct 2015

Transfer Stunner: 'Amazing' attacker keen to sign for Liverpool. Massive £46m offer made in July

The Marco Reus transfer rumours simply refuse to die. Over the summer, Liverpool reportedly made a record bid for Reus, and new reports this week (predictably) claim that the Reds are still tracking the 'amazing' German attacker.

In mid-July, Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri claimed that Liverpool were in 'contact' with Reus over a potential transfer.

Soon after, Italian newspaper Tutto Mercato reported that:

* Liverpool made a £46m offer.

* Dortmund were 'ready to accept' the offer.

According to Sky Sports this week:

"Marco Reus is the latest transfer target for Liverpool. The Germany international, who has been linked with Real Madrid [is] keen to link up with former boss Jurgen Klopp at Anfield".

Like many fans, I'd love to see this deal happen, but fantasy needs to be set aside for reality, and the brutal truth is this: Reus is far too injury prone, and signing him is a tremendous risk. Consider the following:

* 22 separate injuries in the last four seasons (279 days on the sidelines)

* 2013-14: SEVEN injuries during the season (Muscle problems/pulls, and torn ankle ligaments).

* 2014-15: SIX injuries in one season (Again, mainly muscle problems and ankle issues)

* Career total: 27 injuries since the 2010-11 season (Averages approx 5 injuries every year)

* This season: already been injured twice (20 days on the sidelines so far)

Reus probably won't last five minutes in the overly physical Premier League, and there's no point spending big bucks on a player who'll spend most of his time on the bench.

Additionally, Liverpool have far too many sick-notes in the squad already, and spending £46m on one of Europe's most injured players is (arguably) irresponsible in the extreme.

That said, Reus's creative return is formidable:

* 60 goals/47 assists (107) in 135 games for Dortmund.

* Goal/assist every 1.2 games (1 every 97 minutes)

Clearly, when he's fit, Reus is a goal-creating machine, which probably explains why he's one of Europe's most coveted players. Is that return enticing enough to ignore his injury history, though?

With Klopp in charge, Liverpool now have a bigger chance of signing Reus, but if it's a direct choice between Anfield and the Bernabeu, there's (probably) only going to be one winner, even with Klopp at the helm.

Author: Jaimie K


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