25 Feb 2016

Yes Please: Carra tells Liverpool to sign 'amazing' £46m superstar who wants LFC transfer. Replace Lallana?

Over the last two years, Liverpool have been repeatedly linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus, and with Jurgen Klopp now at the helm, the transfer speculation has only intensified. LFC reportedly made a record bid for Reus last summer, and Reds legend Jamie Carragher has now joined the chorus of voices calling for Jurgen Klopp to sign the 'amazing' German attacker.

Speaking to Sportbild this week, Carra enthused:

“The squad lacks a top player who can have an immediate impact. I’d like to see Dortmund’s Marco Reus on the wing. He’d be a great fit”.

Recent transfer timeline:

* Jul 2015: Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri claimed that Liverpool were in 'contact' with Reus over a potential transfer.

* Aug 2015: Tutto Mercato reported that Liverpool made a £46m offer for Reus.

* Oct 2015: According to Sky Sports claimed: "Marco Reus is the latest transfer target for Liverpool [and he is] keen to link up with 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 Reus constantly suffers niggling injuries, and signing him is a tremendous risk. Consider the following:

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

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

* This season: Injured 5 times alreadt (50 days on the sidelines so far).

To be fair, Reus only seems to suffer minor niggling injuries (as opposed to say, Sturridge, who's usually out for months), and the majority of his issues over the last 2.5 seasons have led to absences of only one or two games at a time. This needs to weighed against Reus's creative return, which is formidable:

* 69 goals/51 assists (120) in 149 games for BVB (One every 95 mins)

* This season: 22 goals/assists in 27 games (One every 88 mins)

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.


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