21 Mar 2016

Top Transfer? Liverpool chase 'powerful' €20m record-breaker Klopp tried to sign at Dortmund

In October 2014, Liverpool were linked with a move for 'powerful' Hoffenheim attacker Kevin Volland, and new reports in Germany suggest that the prolific striker is now on Jurgen Klopp's summer wish-list.

In April 2015, Volland was linked with a €20m move to Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund, and according to German newspaper Bild, Klopp has reignited his interest in Volland, who played alongside Roberto Firmino at Hoffenheim.

Some info about 23-year old Volland, whose current contract expires in 2019.

* Left-footed right-winger, who can also play as a striker/secondary striker.

* Hoffenheim: Winger (64% of games). Striker (36% of games).

* 35 goals/37 assists (72) in 137 apps (Goal every 327 mins. G/A every 159 mins).

* This season: 7 goals/8 assists in 27 apps (Goal every 316 mins. G/A every 150 mins)

* Aug 2015: Broke the record for scoring the fastest goal in Bundesliga history (Scored after 8 seconds vs. Bayern Munich)

* May 2014: On his role models: "He [Klose] is a huge role model for me. I can learn a lot from him. He tells me what I can and must do better. He helps me hugely. Miro is just a super guy.”

* Oct 2014: On his understanding with Firmino: "I always exchange positions with Roberto Firmino. We can move closer together, but are also wide. We can go wide or deep. The most important thing is to intuitively make the right decision".

The understanding with Firmino is an attractive proposition, but like so many other attackers linked with Liverpool, Volland just isn't prolific enough, either as a striker, or a winger.

If Volland can only score once every 316 minutes in the Bundesliga, it's (arguably) unlikely that he'll improvie on that in the physically demanding/frenetic Premier League.

Even then much-maligned Christian Benteke has a better minutes per goals/assists ratio this season, and unlike Voland, he rarely gets to start consecutive games.

Any new striker/attacker coming in should be a significant upgrade on players already at the club, and Volland is not (IMO) an upgrade.

Author: Jaimie K


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