14 Apr 2016

Redknapp: Klopp would 'love' to sign 'amazing' £46m attacker who wants Liverpool transfer

Earlier this year, Reds legend Jamie Carragher urged Jurgen Klopp to sign 'amazing' Dortmund attacker, Marco Reus, and ahead of tonight's Europa League second leg clash at Anfield, Jamie Redknapp insists that Liverpool want to sign the coveted attacker.

In August, Liverpool reportedly made a £46m offer for Reus, and according to Redknapp:

"Reus is a man Liverpool would love to sign and he’ll want to impress on the left. Clyne has been so consistent this season but will have to be at his best to stop him".

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 already (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:

* 72 goals/51 assists (123) in 158 games for BVB (One every 98 mins)

* This season: 19 goals/6 assists (25) in 36 games (One every 105 mins)

Is this return enticing enough to ignore Reus's injury history?

Liverpool fans seem to think so, and in a recent site poll, 71% of participants voted for Klopp to pursue the a transfer. Having watched him play regularly over the last few years, though, I submit that he's a little too lightweight to replicate his Bundesliga impact in the Premier League.

Talent is talent, but Reus is (comparatively) slight of frame, and he'd (probably) suffer even more injuries in the physical maelstrom of English football.

Sky Sports recently claimed that Reus is 'keen to link up with Jurgen Klopp at Anfield', but realistically, there's no pressing reason for him to leave Dortmund - who've qualified for the Champions League - to sign for Liverpool, who may conceivably end the season without securing European football for next season.

Author: Jaimie K


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