Rumour Mill: Schalke winger Sidney Sam lined up for January move to Liverpool

on 09.01.2016

Out-of-favour Schalke winger Sidney Sam could join Liverpool this January, with reports linking the 27-year-old with a move to Merseyside.

30.09.2010, Vicente Calderon Stadion, Madrid, UEFA EL, Atletico de Madrid vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen, im Bild Bayer Leverkusen's Sidney Sam during UEFA Europe League. EXPA Pictures © 2010, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ Alterphotos/ Cesar Cebolla +++++ ATTENTION - OUT OF SPAIN / ESP +++++

Sam joined Schalke from Bayer Leverkusen in 2014, but has failed to establish himself at the Gelsenkirchen club, with the likes of Leroy Sane keeping him out of Andre Breitenreiter’s starting lineup.

According to German publication Kicker, Jurgen Klopp is interested in signing Sam in the January transfer window.

Describing Liverpool’s reported interest as a “surprise,” Toni Lieto suggests that Sam would be available, with a transfer fee for the winger “likely to be no obstacle.”

Sam was close to a move to Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer, but failed a medical, leaving him at Schalke.

The former Leverkusen man has made just two appearances for Schalke this season, both in the Europa League, but his raw qualities could suit Klopp’s squad at this stage.

Blessed with considerable pace and devastating dribbling ability, Sam is the archetypal modern wide player.

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Able to operate on either wing, Sam possesses a strong shot from long range, preferring to cut inside to unleash efforts on goal.

STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Tuesday, January 5, 2016: Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia goes down injured against Stoke City during the Football League Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg match at the Britannia Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Though Klopp has recalled both Ryan Kent and Sheyi Ojo on loan so far this January, adding another wide player to his squad would be beneficial given recent injuries to Philippe Coutinho and Jordon Ibe.

Lieto stresses that Liverpool are yet to submit a written offer to Schalke for Sam, but indicates that the club may have been in talks with the player and his representatives already.

Signing the winger may be something of a risk, however, with Schalke suspending him and Kevin-Prince Boateng back in May following long-term concerns over their commitment during a testing run.

But if Klopp sees potential in Sam, the 48-year-old may be best placed to harness it at Liverpool.


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  1. “Sam was close to a move to Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer, but failed a medical, leaving him at Schalke.”

    We don’t need another crock. There are already 12 players fighting with Sturridge over his favorite treatment table.

    • Because it’s winter and those are the players (generally) available in Winter? Unless the team is in financoal turmoil, it’s the unsettled who are available.

  2. If we’re gonna raid the Bundesliga for wingers I’d much rather we take a look at Volland, Aigner.
    Apart from one incredible season for Leverkusen, Sam has been rather average. Still hurts to realize that Everton got Delofeu for a meagre 6 millions.

    • barcelona have a buy back clause which they will use esp if they think he can be sold later at higher price.Cant see him staying unless Everton do very well in the league.

  3. I think we missed a trick not signing Hofmann and Grosskreutz. They’d have made good squad players and their previous relationship with Klopp would’ve been an added bonus.

  4. Klopp said: “there are a lot of mothers who have wonderful sons (can play football and relatively undervalued)”…
    Hopefully he will identify many such mothers :)

  5. Why do we keep getting linked with “out if favor players” from clubs who are well under the level we are hoping to be. What we need is world class or nothing, otherwise we will never get out of the mid table vibes we are in right now, we should be top 4 contenders lets not forget

    • Because in-favor players don’t move in winter….and it takes a lot of money to convince the selling club to let go of the said in-favor player…therein lies the challenge of transfers.

      • Uhu i fully agree, but we got the funds we got the manager to attract “world class” and i suppose we have the patience to wait until the summer transfer window. And not look for crap players to fill in the short term holes of our current injury situation. It will only add to our decline

    • because agents have realised that to make it public knowledge that their guy is available, you just leak a story to the press that lfc is interested. It’s called free advertising.

    • The harsh truth is that most world class players dont want to join us, we seem to get the crumbs that the better teams do not want. This has been proved by recent spending of hundreds of millions on bang average players.

  6. Like I said earlier, we’ll be linked to half of Bundesliga by the time this transfer window is done with…very little truth to most of them. Think this is another BS link…unless Klopp is just trying to make the numbers at this moment.

  7. Why AREN’T we going after Lacazette?

    LFC are good at creating chances and this guy is a better finisher than any of our other strikers bar the consistently injured Sturridge. Lyon accepted the £22M offer from the Toon but it’s hardly a surprise he didn’t fancy that move. We are only 2 wins off 4th place – we could get him if we showed we wanted him badly enough.

  8. Sam’s best was at Leverkusen and that too wan’t LFC worthy.
    If we’d buy from Schalke it better be
    Leroy Sane
    Benedikt Howedes
    or even

  9. What a typical January transfer window for FSG, considering our situation this is the most disappointing January yet.

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