14 Nov 2015

'Incredibly Good': Boss hails 'special' £15m attacker wanted by Klopp. Liverpool 'offer' made over the summer

Over the summer, Liverpool reportedly made a €15m bid for Schalke attacker Leroy Sane, and with the Reds allegedly still tracking the coveted attacker, Germany boss Joachim Low has hailed Sane's qualities, and outlined what makes him such a special talent.

LFC Transfer Timeline:

Sept 2015: The Mirror reported: "Liverpool are tracking Leroy Sane, despite having seen a summer bid rejected".

Sep 2015: Schalke’s director of sport, Horst Heldt, tolf Sport Bild: “Liverpool were ready to pay for him [Sane], but the offer didn’t interest us or the player".

Nov 2015: Norway legend Jan Aage Fjortoft - a football analyst for Sky Sports Germany - claimed that 'Liverpool and Klopp' are making a 'big time' effort to sign Sane.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Low - who led German to World Cup glory in 2014 - raved:

"He [Sane] has a special gift and finesse, speed paired with technique and strong running. Leroy [is] incredibly good [at] running into space and, with his speed, he has acquired this very well".

Some info about Sane:

* Left winger, who can also play on the right, or as a central attacking midfielder.

* Current contract expires in 2019.

* 40 goals/assists in 70 games for various Schalke youth teams.

* 14 goals/assists in 33 games for Schalke's senior team.

* This season: 9 goals/assists in 18 games.

* Mar 2015: When asked about areas for improvement, Sane told reporters: "I need to win more tackles, improve a bit physically and show more strength. These things are more necessary in the Bundesliga.”

* 2015: Helped Schalke win the Under-19 German league title.

* Schalke coach Andre Breitenreiter's assessment: "From the potential he is showing, Leroy has a big career ahead of him and is on the right path".

If Liverpool's summer offer 'didn't interest' Sane, or Schalke, then it sounds like the Reds put in a trademark lowball bid, and were (rightly) sent packing. Schalke recently sold Julian Draxler for a whopping €36m, so the German club will probably hold out for a similar amount with Sane.

And why not? With Sterling going for £49m, and Man United willing to pay up to £58m for Anthony Martial, there are clearly clubs out there willing to pay through the nose for Europe's top talent.

Under Jurgen Klopp, though, I doubt Liverpool will join the ranks of the shamelessly extorted.

Author: Jaimie K


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