11 Nov 2016

Replace Coutinho? Liverpool tried to sign 'outstanding' €33m attacker hailed as the 'German Messi'

Schalke star Max Meyer reportedly rejected a transfer to Liverpool over the summer.

In July, Sportbild claimed that Jurgen Klopp contacted Schalke to enquire about the possibility of a transfer, and according to the Daily Mail this week:

"Meyer was a target for Jurgen Klopp during the summer [but] Schalke rejected the advances of Tottenham and Liverpool".

When asked this week about the prior interest from Liverpool and Spurs, 'outstanding' Meyer confirmed:

"There was interest and the club was asked, but Schalke put a stop to it. I've dealt with it. I know what I have at Schalke and I like to play for this club"

In September, The Mirror claimed that Liverpool are still in 'pursuit' of Meyer (dubiously dubbed the 'German Messi'), and it's clear he has his eye on a move to the Premier League:

"If I leave for another league, I'd like to move to England"'

Some info about €33m-rated Meyer:

* Central attacking midfielder, who can also play on the left or right.

* Schalke: 20 goals/21 assists (41) in 139 games (G/A every 205 mins)

* Scouting Report (Strengths): "Exceptional control and dribbling. Excellent balance. Uses his creativity to carve out chances on a regular basis".

* Scouting Report (Weaknesses): "A liability when it comes to defending. Completed less than a tackle per game in the Bundesliga".

Meyer usually plays as a central attacking midfielder (80% of games for Schalke), and Liverpool are already oversubscribed in that position. As such, it makes little sense to spend big bucks on yet another number-10.

Unless, of course, Klopp is planning to make changes in that area. Coutinho, for example. If - as many expect - he ultimately ends up in La Liga, Liverpool will need a replacement.

Meyer, perhaps?


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