2 Dec 2016

Transfer Update: Liverpool still pushing to sign €30m 'diamond' who played with Firmino. Offer made already

Liverpool continue to be linked with one of Germany's most promising defenders.

According to The Mirror this week, Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton are still tracking Hoffenheim defender Niklas Sule, and Eurosport further claims:

"Niklas Süle will probably leave Hoffenheim. Keeping him the summer is extremely unlikely, and the chances are good that he'll leave the club for a record fee, just like Roberto Firmino".

Over the summer, Sule reportedly 'refused offers' from Liverpool, Dortmund, and AC Milan, and when asked why rejected the chance to sign for a big European club, he explained:

"I need a familiar environment, and I have to constantly play at my level even further".

€30m-rated Sule - who played alongside Firmino between 2013 and 2015 - probably feared that he'd spend most of time on the bench at the aforementioned clubs.

At Liverpool, for example, the addition of Sule would've given Klopp the following options at centre-back:

* Lovren, Klavan, Matip, Lucas, Sule, Ilori, Sakho.

In a year with a reduced fixture list, this is arguably too much competition for an inexperienced 20-year old. That said, perhaps Klopp's plan then (and possibly now) is to ultimately jettison Lovren and pair Matip with a younger defender?

* Dec 2015: Described as a diamond with a 'great attitude' by Hoffenheim general manager Alexander Rosen.


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