11 Nov 2015

Klopp's First Transfer? Liverpool pushing to sign 'tough' £50k-a-week goal-machine with 220 goals/assists for Leverkusen

Back in 2012, Liverpool were briefly linked with a move for Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling, and report in Germany this week claim that Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is keen on bringing the prolific striker to Anfield.

According to German newspaper Express:

* Klopp is considering a January move for Kiessling, who previously rejected an offer from Liverpool.

* Whilst at Dortmund, Kiessling was considered by Klopp as a replacement for Robert Lewandowski.

* Klopp reportedly wants to make Kiessling his first Liverpool signing.

Liverpool have been linked with Kiessling several times in the past:

* Aug 2010: In an interview with German newspaper BILD, Ali Bulut - Kiessling's Agent - confirmed LFC's interest: "Milan, Liverpool, Schalke 04 and Rubin Kazan have asked for the player in the recent weeks.

* Oct 2012: reports claimed that Liverpool Liverpool were still keeping tabs on Kiessling.

When asked recently about Kiessling's future, Bulut told reporters:

"Stefan and I will speak after the first round with the club, about the [transfer] situation and together find a solution".

Some info about Kiessling, who is reportedly on £50k-a-week at Leverkusen:

* 220 goals/assists in 388 games (Goal/assist every 1.7 games)

* Contributes a goal/assist every 133 minutes.

* Missed only 7 games through injury in the last five years.

Kiessling - hailed by German legend Rudi Voller as a 'tough guy' with 'a lot of character' - is a consistent goalscorer in the Bundlesliga, but he's 31, and it smacks of stop-gap thinking.

Granted, it's hard to get the best players in January, but then again, Liverpool got Suarez, Sturridge, and Coutinho in January transfer windows, so it's not impossible.

Kiessling's injury record is superb, though, and with Liverpool's ongoing injury crisis (particularly with strikers), robust players are exactly what's needed at Anfield.

Worth a punt?

Author: Jaimie K


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