3 Jan 2016

Carra raves: Liverpool 'had to' sign 'astonishing' £42m attacker hailed by Klopp as a 'winner'

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil is tearing it up for Arsenal this season, and with 21 goals/assists already this year, he is a major catalyst for the Gunner's increasingly solid challenge foe the Premier League title. Liverpool were tenuously linked with a move for Ozil back in 2011, but Reds legend Jamie Carragher insists that LFC should've signed the German maestro way before he even ended up on Arsenal's radar.

In his weekend column for the Daily Mail, Carra hailed Ozil's 'astonishing' form this season, and bemoaned Liverpool's failure to sign him back in the day:

"I remember watching [Mesut] Ozil shine for Germany's Under 21s in 2009 when they beat England 4-0 and said to Steven Gerrard at that time he was someone Liverpool had to go for".

Jan Molby is also a huge fan of Ozil, and in a column last season for EuroSport, Molby raved:

"Ozil is a wonderful player, and in terms of pure quality, his vision is just on another level to most players. He has this uncanny knack of being able to see things before everyone else and create chances for other players".

Ozil - who cost Arsenal £42m - is performing at a level Philippe Coutinho just cannot achieve for Liverpool, and in terms of end product, the German is far more prolific:

* Ozil: 56 goals/assists in 98 apps for Arsenal (One every 147 minutes)

* Coutinho: 45 goals/assists in 124 games (One every 208 minutes)

That said, Coutinho cost significantly less than Ozil, so in relative terms, he is excellent value for money.

It's not even worth comparing Ozil to Lallana as the results are too embarrassing.

Ozil has struggled for form at times over the last couple of years, but even with periods of downtime, he has still massively outperformed Lallana (in terms goals/assists/chances created).

As the oft-used cliche goes: form is temporary, and class is permanent (or in Lallana's case: form is non-existent, and class is fleeting).

Jurgen Klopp is also an admirer of Ozil, and after the Arsenal deal went through, he told reporters:

"That transfer is a winner. Mesut is a cracker. Nobody knows, why he was sold. Maybe Real needed money.”

What might have been, eh?

Author: Jaimie K


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