6 Jan 2016

Anfield-bound? Liverpool negotiating to sign 'extraordinary' £15m star. Klopp wants transfer by Friday. Madness?

The Neven Subotic/Liverpool rumours simply refuse to die, and with the Reds' injury crisis deepening, it appears that Jurgen Klopp is attempting to push through a deal to sign £15m-rated Subotic during the January transfer window.

In December, German newspaper Bild claimed that is 'likely' to leave Dortmund in January, and according to The Mirror today:

"Jurgen Klopp is in talks with Borussia Dortmund over a Neven Subotic loan. Klopp hopes to bring in an experienced centre half before Friday's game at Exeter, but negotiations [for Subotic] are stuck".

Subotic - hailed by Klopp for his 'extraordinary' performances - reportedly wants to follow Klopp to Anfield, and when asked recently about the Liverpool rumours, BVB Director Michael Zorc told BILD:

“Neven is not happy [at Dortmund], and there are strong indications that he will say his farewells in January. Klopp wants to take him to Liverpool".

This deal should be an automatic non-starter due to Subotic's awful injury history, and if negotiations are 'stuck', then that's a good thing. It just doesn't compute: Given the club's current (and historical) injury issues, what is the point in signing yet another perpetual sicknotes.

Are we to believe that it's impossible to find an available defender without a significant injury history? If that's the case, the scouting department is not fit for purpose, and should be disbanded/replaced. Additionally, if Klopp pushes this deal through, it will be tantamount to negligence (IMO). Subotic's history:

* 12 injuries in the last four years, including a cruciate ligament injury (351 days on the sidelines/88 games missed).

* This season: 10 games missed already as a result of a persistent back problem. Started only 4 games all season.

In my view, it's madness to even consider this signing. The idea of Subotic is enticing, but the reality is that he will probably get injured very quickly in the Premier League, which is even more physical than the Bundesliga.

A loan deal may mitigate the risk somewhat, but Liverpool need a defender who is consistently available, not another Sakho, who gets injured 3-4 times a season.

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Author: Jaimie K


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