26 Mar 2016

Transfer Boost: 'Excellent' €13m powerhouse admits he'll 'think about' Liverpool transfer if Klopp calls

Based on the constant stream of reports, a new left-back appears to be a transfer priority for Liverpool this summer, and with the Reds currently linked FC Koln star Jonas Hector, it appears that €13m-rated full-back is definitely open to a summer transfer to Anfield.

Last week, Bild claimed:

"Liverpool are tracking FC Koln Jonas Hector [who] is seen as a replacement for Alberto Moreno".

In a Friday interview with Eurosport, Hector was asked the following question:

"Liverpool are reportedly interested in you. Will you perform your contract until 2018 in Cologne?"

Hector replied:

"You always have to consider whether to take the next step. At the moment, FC Köln is enough for me".

Hector was then asked how he'd react if Jurgen Klopp called him to discuss a transfer. He responded:

"I would start to think about it [a transfer to Liverpool]".

Some info about Hector:

* 25-year old left back. Current contract expires: June 2018. Missed only five games through injury for his entire career.

* 10 goals/assists in 124 games for Koln. 10 apps for the German national team. First Koln player to make the national team since Lukas Podolski.

* 2013-14: Rated the 2nd best defender in the Bundesliga by Kicker magazine.

* Nov 2014: Podolski' reaction to Hector's international call-up: “Hector is an excellent player and I think he will get better in the future".

* Jan 2016: Koln boss Peter Stoger's assessment: "Jonas is a very intelligent and important player. It may happen that he helps out in other positions sometimes".

* Jan 2016: Came third in Germany's 'Player of the Year' awards (behind Mesut Ozil, and Thomas Muller).

Does Alberto Moreno need to be replaced? Reds legend John Aldridge appears to think so, and in a recent column for the Liverpool Echo, he explained:

"[Moreno] has to come out. He can look good going forward, but positionally he leaves us wide open...and he's rash in his decision-making".

In my view, Moreno is very much like Mignolet: he's capable of putting in excellent performances, and will sometimes have purple-patches of form, but in the end, he'll always let the team down.

Author: Jaimie K


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