5 Nov 2016

Chance for Klopp? 'Incredible' £70m attacker who'd like to 'join Liverpool' suspended for breaking club rules

Frequent Liverpool target Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has invoked the ire of the Borussia Dortmund hierarchy after breaking club rules.

According to Bild:

* Thomas Tuchel suspended Aubameyang for one game this week after the prolific striker an unauthorised trip to attend a friend's birthday party in Milan.

* The Dortmund hierarchy were reportedly 'aggrieved' that he stayed overnight, and reported late for training the next day.

* Club rules allegedly dictate that a player must be in the country the night before training or a game.

When asked about the suspension, BVB Chief Hans-Joachim Watzke told reporters:

"The internal reasons are exactly that: internal. He [Aubameyang] will be back against Hamburg".

How refreshing to see a fair disciplinary process in action!

* Aubemeyang left the freakin' country without requesting permission; broke club rules by staying overnight, and then broke clubs rules again by turning up late for training. His punishment? A one game suspension, and an immediate return to the first-team fold.

* According to Klopp (In July): "Sakho nearly missed the plane; he missed a [fitness] session, and then he was late for a meal". His punishment? 4 months (so far) of marginalisation, which includes being dumped in the U23 squad (Granted, there's also the Snapchat issue, but that is also trivial, and doesn't warrant complete expulsion from the first-team set-up).

£70m-rated Aubameyang broke the rules, served his punishment, and is now allowed to return to the first-team fold. Contrast that to Klopp's disproportionate treatment of Sakho, and it's clear to see that Sakho's ongoing marginalisation is unfair.

Imagine if Sakho had left the country without permission to go to a party. There'd be blood on the streets (!)

On a related note: Last week, Ireland legend Tony Cascarino urged Liverpool to sign Aubameyang. He told The Times:

“I don’t think Sturridge has a future at Liverpool. He doesn't fit into Jurgen Klopp’s team. I would get the striker from Borussia Dortmund, Pierre Emerick Aubemeyang. He is lightning quick. He would fit".

Aubameyang will probably accept his punishment without complaint, but perhaps the very public suspension may push him towards the exit door...and into the welcoming arms of Liverpool? Real Madrid are also interested, which probably means this potential deal is a non-starter, but you never know.

In December 2015, for example, a Dortmund 'source' claimed that an 'offer to join Liverpool now Jurgen [Klopp] is there would be an attractive proposition', and the Klopp connection has to make a difference sometime...right?

* Aubameyang: Hailed by Jurgen Klopp as an incredible player.


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