Why Kevin Volland should be on Liverpool’s radar this summer

24.02.2016


With Jurgen Klopp on the lookout for reinforcements on the wing this summer, Hoffenheim’s talented forward Kevin Volland should be on his radar.

“We have enough strikers—five with Roberto [Firmino]—but not too many wingers, just a few young ones with great potential,” Klopp said earlier this month, revealing his next avenue in the transfer market.

The former Borussia Dortmund manager enjoyed considerable success in the Bundesliga owing to his fast-paced, width-based attacking system—and this is something that has been lacking so far at Liverpool.

With Jordon Ibe serving as the only orthodox winger in Klopp’s first team, the German would be wise to strengthen his flanks this summer.

One player that may have emerged on Klopp’s radar already is Hoffenheim’s Volland, and the 23-year-old would make the ideal target for the Reds ahead of 2016/17.

 

Liverpool’s Attacking Issues

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Monday, February 1, 2016: Liverpool's James Milner in action against Leicester City during the Premier League match at Filbert Way. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

At Dortmund, Klopp’s attacking setup saw the likes of Jakub Blaszczykowski, Marco Reus, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan deployed in the wide roles, with this quartet all possessing similar attributes.

Namely, they are all incredibly quick, able to drive through defences with powerful runs and are equally confident cutting inside towards the penalty area or pushing for the byline.

This variety helped Dortmund to a Bundesliga-high goal tally of 80 in 2011/12, on their way to a second title under Klopp.

Moving to Liverpool in October, Klopp will have been disappointed at the paucity of wide options at his disposal.

The decision to loan Lazar Markovic to Fenerbahce, and the failure to adequately replace Raheem Sterling, has left Klopp with a clutch of high-quality attacking midfielders but only one recognised winger.

AUGSBURG, GERMANY - Thursday, February 18, 2016: Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia looks dejected after missing a chance against FC Augsburg during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 1st Leg match at the Augsburg Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Philippe Coutinho has been regularly deployed on the left flank, while both Adam Lallana and James Milner have spent much of their time under Klopp to date rotating on the right-hand side.

Coutinho’s overriding quality has seen the Brazilian shine, but largely when drifting towards his natural No. 10 role.

Furthermore, while the industry of Lallana and Milner have provided a welcome balance alongside the likes of Coutinho, Firmino and Daniel Sturridge, they are far from the ideal option.

Klopp’s admission, months ahead of the summer transfer window, suggests that he is fully aware of this, and with Hoffenheim finding themselves in the balance at the business end of the Bundesliga season, the 48-year-old would be wise to take advantage and pursue Volland.


 

Kevin Volland

Having seen Firmino depart for Merseyside in a deal worth up to £29 million last summer, Hoffenheim were shorn of their best player, and their attacking talisman.

Despite the signing of Eduardo Vargas from Napoli, Die Kraichgauer have struggled for quality in their forward line throughout 2015/16 so far, and currently find themselves languishing in the Bundesliga’s relegation zone.

Having averaged just a goal a game, Hoffenheim have taken 18 points from a possible 66, and look set to drop out of the German top flight, in what would be a remarkable fall from grace.

It would be difficult to blame Volland, however, with the Germany international maintaining a consistent level of form throughout the season so far.

Taking up the role of Hoffenheim’s first-choice centre-forward following the departures of Firmino and Anthony Modeste, Volland has showcased his quality in a relatively unfamiliar position.

A left-footed forward most comfortable on the right flank, Volland is a strong, stocky young talent blessed with pace and dribbling ability, and—much like Klopp’s former charges—is comfortable varying his game in attack.

Furthermore, unlike the goal-shy Lallana, for example, Volland has an eye for the spectacular, and his penchant for stunning long-range efforts could provide Liverpool with an X factor in attack.

Utilised as an auxiliary striker in the Germany U21s’ European Championship campaign last summer, Volland showed his ability to perform as an off-the-shoulder forward, with his dynamic, lateral movement helping him to score twice in an impressive 3-0 win over Denmark.

Aside from his attacking prowess, a hugely underrated quality of Volland’s is his defensive work.


The Marktoberdorf-born star has demonstrated a high work ethic and pressing ability throughout his time at Hoffenheim, and has averaged 1.6 successful tackles per 90 league minutes this season, more than Coutinho (1.5), Ibe (0.6) and Sturridge (0.5).

He is far from the finished product, with just five goals and four assists in 21 Bundesliga appearances this season, but has shown enough quality to suggest he could thrive at Liverpool.

 

Volland Under Klopp

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 30, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp before the FA Cup 4th Round match against West Ham United at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Finding a place for Volland in Klopp’s current Liverpool setup is simple, as while Coutinho, Firmino and Sturridge have established themselves as first-choice options in the German’s 4-2-3-1, there remains a void on the right flank.

While Volland has shown his ability to operate as a centre-forward for both Hoffenheim and the Germany U21s, his quality cutting in from the wing would see him shine on Merseyside.

Crucially, this would reunite the 23-year-old with Firmino, with the pair enjoying a fruitful partnership during their time together at the Rhein-Neckar Arena.

In 2014/15, Volland and Firmino scored 15 goals and registered 17 assists between them in the league, with their attacking interplay propelling Hoffenheim to a eighth-placed finish.


The prospect of a right-sided Volland and a central Firmino combining in Klopp’s 4-2-3-1 would no doubt entice the Liverpool manager, with the addition of Volland’s industry and direct attacking play providing the Reds with an edge.

With Hoffenheim looking set to drop out of the Bundesliga this season, Volland could seek a move elsewhere, and if this is the case, Liverpool would be wise to target him this summer.

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  1. Kevin Volland turns 24 this summer, has 5 goals and 3 assists in 19 league appearances while making only 59.1% of his passes. He has more yellow cards (6) than goals – if he was going to be good enough to play for LFC surely he would have shown it by now.

      • He’ll come cheap when they get relegated and for a forward he can defend quite well.

        Is that what we need from a new forward? Another cheap, hardworking but average player.

      • Its never good to see sell on value as a factor in signings. Thats willingly relegating ourselves to be a selling club. Also the ‘owners take the club as a business’ attitude is bullshit. So they do, they’ve got millions coming from the real business side of the club like merchandise, tickets, TV deals, etc. No need to taint the possibility of a good signing with business. This is very much what newcastle have been trying to do. I’d have taken Austin over Mitrovic. Such a proven PL goalscorer but Mitrovic had potential, and that elusive sell on value Mike Ashley could guzzle up.

        • It’s never good to *not* see sell on value as a factor in signings. That’s willingly relegating ourselves to financial instability. All clubs are selling clubs to one extent or another.

        • Its never good to see sell on value as a factor in signings.

          Given present ownership of the club, that has to be among the factors considered.

    • Filip Kostic would be a better option, although I’m not 100% convinced about him being better than Markovic yet either.
      Volland seems a weird choice for a complete article.

  2. Transfermarkt said his price is around 15m. If we can get him around 8m – 10m that would be a good business. Although we still Markovic so I would love to see Markovic play for LFC

  3. Nothing new really, Volland has been linked with us (tenuously) for a couple of years now, he’s a decent player at best. He’d come relatively cheaply but personally I’d rather see Ryan Kent given some opportunities. There’s also nothing at all to suggest that Klopp might be interested in Volland, I’m sure there’s better quality out there..

  4. Is he better than Leroy Sane? Guess he’s the more cheaper option. I would rather we break the bank and get Riyad Mahrez, who would complement Couts & co very well.

    Trust Klopp will look to the Bundesliga for new recruits but hope he looks at other European leagues for talent. We should’ve really got the talent scouts from Leicester who’ve unearthed the likes of Mahrez, Kante etc. God knows our scouts who worked for BR didn’t have a clue.

          • Who is muller going to outplay in that front line?and if you say suarez,I will smack you silly!!barca have the best attacking players for every position in attack,best striker(suarez)best winger(Neymar)best attacking player(Messi),

      • Figures !!! Like they need another amazing player to improve what looks near perfection. What a display against the Gunners yesterday, the close control passing, awareness and hold of the game, simply amazing to watch. Especially playing out of defence, the composure to make the right pass was a joy to watch. And Arsenal were not bad themselves only not as good as their opponents.

        One day, I hope to see Klopp’s version do the same at Anfield.

          • Yes they made errors but more often than naught they passed their way out of defence ( even lead to the first goal ), sticking to the game plan and trusting in their own ability.

            Considering it was an away game and Arsenal aren’t exactly a run of the mill team that ( have been called Barcelona-lite ), you would expect a few mistakes which their defence made ( no one’s perfect ). And Ter Stegen made some outstanding saves also which seems to be the norm for a top side.

          • Everyone makes errors. The point is that they looked composed and had an idea what they were doing. Unlike us where we run around like a chicken with its head cut off. It helps that they had Mascherano too!!

          • Guess we are on the same page on Barca’s handle on the game. I misread your comment and thought you suggested their defence was weak.
            We have a ways to go before our team can play with such confidence and flair. Barcelona remain the benchmark for all top sides to emulate.

      • Not to mention the amount of goals he has scored for a mediocre team like sassuolo. 15 goals last year and 16 the season before that.

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  5. Volland is a forward who can play on the flanks. JK wants wingers. How are the two same? Plus we have Ings, who is similar to Volland. Marko will be given a chance in the preseason. If he grabs the opportunity, the spot is his. Else, JK will search for a hard working, pacy winger

    • I know Klopp is mostly about building teams rather than buying them but a statement signing at the RW position would do wonders for us. Reus, Greizzeman, Lucas Moura etc. A ready made star who would be a focal part of our attack. Expensive but worth it rather than gambling 30mm+ on complete flops.

      Also if one of Ribery or Robben are being pushed out with the emergence of Costa then that would be an interesting proposition.

      • Am pretty sure unless they were in a mood to splurge money just for the heck of it, nobody (least of all FSG/bad players -> bad play on the field ->no titles ->no brand enhancement -> no capital gains for FSG unless they are siphoning money off the club, BR/ cos his job depended on his buys and consequently the performance on the field) has the benefit of foresight when it comes to flops. There may be tell- tale signs, but they would have something in their heads when they bought a flop. It’s a different matter altogether that whatever they thought, came to naught.

        And ironically, both, FSG and BR suffered from the poor buys.
        Well, that seems to be the majority opinion, doesn’t it? Buy a ready-made winger? I am not vehemently opposed to that idea personally, but would REALLY love it if JK could push Ibe/Canos/Marko to cement a first team spot. After all, they are young and still on the club’s books.

  6. We already have the talent. Ojo & Ibe. Kent too can play as a winger. If Klopp can develop these three, Liverpool will never struggle scoring goals from the wing

    • The problem is the time that it’s going to take to develop players like Kent and Ojo. Both are great young players but it takes at least 2 or 3 seasons for them to consistently put out good performances.

  7. Wouldn’t mind if klopp wants him. There are plenty equally or better winger out there for cheap or higher prices.

    What we need to sort out is the people who will work with klopp n his staff in summer and future to identify players. Yeah DoF should be brought soon. Preferably Zork or some better than him in the industry.

    Most important thing is to improve our ‘scouting network’. The scouts who look for players who play in inferior leagues, academy level, leagues that’s are not aired all around Europe. There where the real bargain are. We need scouts who can identify talent before they become 20 goals a season forward, 40 million pounds midfielder or a goalkeeper to replace Saint Casi from the Spain team. We need to pick them from the blue, not fight for there signature against the big clubs.

    Our model of buying cheap and develop is base less if we buy a young player for 20 millions and still need to develop him. You give 20 millions to non PL clubs ( expect soton) and they will bring you 5 future stars for it.

    The club needs to understand and prioritise on which kind of player should 20+ millions should be spent, which type of players should be brought for free, which player should be paid 150k+ wages and which players are worth the risk. For that you need people with successful track record in this business. You can’t not put everything on klopp plate. ATM I don’t see anyone from head scouts to analyst to Ian Ayre competent and successful enough for the job.

    Something to support my opinion

    In the summer we missed an opportunity to sign Turan. A leader,proven and experience at top level. No way he would have reject an offer from us if we would be offer him same wages as Milner. Barca came in the scene too late for him. He even mentioned he woke love to play for us as he was a childhood red.
    We could have cancel the benteke idea and spend that money on turan. Still we would have ings, firmino and Origi as forward and studrige if you like to consider. Delph for CM on free. I bet this squad would far better than benteke and Milner in it.

    Or

    Even we could have gone for Delph on free and Mutto ( Japanese striker now firing hot for Mainz 05) who would have cost us around 5 millions. Now he is valued around 15+ millions. That’s were the part of identifying talent before they become hit and prioritising come. That would have saves us more than 25 millions.

    Now despite 3 terrible season a player like mings still ha first team place at a club which aspires to finish in top 4 every season. I bet Tottenham and Leicester won’t be he if they had a player like mings in there goal. This clearly shows that the TC committee has no clue about importance of GK in the game.

    Currently we have made really good signings on paper in grujic and matip who are cheap, young and talented.

    If you take time to think(or LFC is all over your mind all day lik me) about how deep and dark the valleys are after H+G era you will realise that how under performing this club is in all directions.

  8. next season players we have to buy
    a top class goal keeper, a left back, a cdm (if possible xhaka) and our defense will be one of the best in league
    lazar is better than lallana and ibe rodgers hasn’t given him a chance, another winger as yarmolenko or inaki williams
    firmino,lazar and new RW up front
    countinho and grujic as our creative midfielders would be great
    players to be sold
    balo,benteke,allen,mignolet,skrtel,toure,carlos teixeria,sinclair

    • You always mention inaki Williams,and everytime someone has to tell you that he signed a new contract with a 55 mil release clause,so here I am telling you again,it is not going to happen!!

    • >a cdm (if possible xhaka) [sic]
      So a central midfielder as a defensive midfielder?

      >firmino,lazar and new RW up front [sic]
      So an attacking midfielder, a winger and a winger as the forward line?

      >countinho and gujic as our creative midfielders would be great [sic]
      So an attacking midfielder in the middle of the park and a kid as the main creative options?

      >players to be sold [sic]
      >…….carlos teixeria,sinclair [sic]
      So two players out of contract at the end of the season?

      • xhaka is a good defensive minded midfielder we are in need of a defensive midfielder i am pretty sure he can play as one
        my personal opinion firmino is better centre forward than ings and origi i am not expecting sturridge to be fit too many games
        i don’t know too much about grujic but i don’t expect someone like klopp to call an mediocre player asking him to sign, so i think he would be better than hendo and milner, coutinho isn’t that good in left as he was in central ,having two midfielders he will have enough width
        sinclair is going anyway i’m just suggesting carlos don’t need a new contract

        • Xhaka is not a defensive midfielder, and he’s not as good defensively as you think. He’s probably on par with Lucas, but he’s better moving forward which helps. Still not a defensive midfielder.
          Firmino is not a striker, you can’t rely on him to be, and I don’t honestly see how you can think that when you consider how Ings was doing before his injury. Origi is raw but talented, certainly Firmino is probably better right now, but he’s still not a striker.
          I wouldn’t expect Klopp to call a mediocre player either, but really? You think a kid with no experience outside of Croatia(?) is going to be better, instantly, than a league winning midfielder with experience in multiple competitions, and a player who has experience in pretty much every competition?
          Coutinho is better in the centre than the left sure, but so is Suarez, would anyone not take him back? Just because you are better in certain position, doesn’t mean you can’t do a more than wonderful job elsewhere.
          So when you said lets sell Sinclair and Teixeira, you meant don’t re-sign them? Then say that.

    • People are so quick to write off ingsy and yet keep saying GIVE IBE another chance or Bentecrap he will come good…

      I can’t wait for Ings and Gomez to be fully fit.

  9. Ibe needs finishing school away from the first 11. The U21s for a spell would do him good. The potential is clearly there, but he seems to have stagnated and more often than not wastes possession to a near-compulsive tendency to attempt unnecessary dribbles when incisive passes are on. Playing him because he is the only natural winger in the squad does not cut it when he so frequently dilly-dallies to drain momentum from promising attacks rather than sustain it. He needs to return to more direct play and exploitation of his natural pace. On current form, I bet Klopp could re-school a number of the current senior squad to be more effective. Origi springs to mind. I feel even Ojo and Sinclair from the U21s would do a better job than Ibe.

    • He needs to grow a brain and stop trying to go for glory.

      Giggs first job at United was to provide for Van Nisteroy or whoever the striker was it and it works. A wingers primary job is to create not cut back and shoot every opportunity he gets.

  10. A bit surprised. Klopp is looking for wingers. Volland is definitely not a classical winger. He has got not enough pace. And he generally plays an awful season for Hoffenheim. He hasn’t developed or made any step forward or a longer time now. Still Hoffenheim would want a bunch of money for him. I expect Klopp going for a different type of player and even if he doesn’t, he wok’t pay Hoffenheims asking price for a player with a poor season who is stagnating and hasn’t enough pace.

  11. Its gonna be a huge difference whoever we buy in the 30/40m bracket with Klopp than that Irish pr1ck. Thats if FSG sanction them kind of funds than 20m bracket we always go for. Real Quality costs money.

  12. “He is far from the finished product, with just five goals and four assists in 21 Bundesliga appearances this season, but has shown enough quality to suggest he could thrive at Liverpool.”

    That’s actually not so bad you know! Also, I happened to see his 5 best goals and I’m quite impressed..perhaps the marking in EPL can sometimes be tighter and the pace a bit faster…however they were all impressive goals that I could foresee Volland score in EPL as well. Would not be a bad punt if we do go for him, but I doubt he’ll be our star-attacking man here…more of an important squad player likely, but certainly better than the likes of Lallana and Ibe at the moment.

  13. Bring back markovic, loan Ojo for half a season to assess him, and buy Yarmolenko. That’s around £ 15-18 M of business.

  14. How us or nobody else has taken him from Hoffenheim is unknown to me quite frankly. Leadership qualities, technically sound, pacey, puts in a lot of work and will shine with better players around him (lets just hope we get some of those in too!) Him or Yarmolenko and we’d be laughing, not expensive either.

  15. That sounds like a PL title team for you?

    Clyne, Moreno, Sakho not good enough. Can maybe as a substitute. Better subs as well.

      • Not bad, but not good as well. He has got big problems with first touches or generally with the ball on his feet. He is quite solid. But i thought we are talking about a team able to win the PL, and Clyne for sure does not fit in such a team, as a lot of other players as well. Just my two cents, sorry.

  16. If this article didn’t pull you over for Volland I just signed him on my Bolton career (wanted a challenge) mode in fifa, he is very good and so directly correlates to real life performance……!

  17. I don’t like the idea of bringing in another player from a team that isn’t expected to win every week. As I see it, we have too many of these players.

    Lallana, Benteke, Lovren, Moreno, Allen, Henderson, Can, Firmino and a few more all have ability but came to us from clubs that weren’t competing at the top end of their division. Most (if not all of them) are very inconsistent in their performance which suggests they lack the correct mentality rather than the requisite ability.

    I’ve honestly never seen Volland play so I can’t judge on his character. But it sounds like much more of a gamble than buying a winger from an elite team at the top end of their respective division.

    • But Firmino, Moreno & Can were competing at that level, until we bought them, which suggests they did a lot to get their team up there.

      • At what level? None of them have a league title in their trophy cabinet – or have come anywhere near having one.

        The ultimate ambition for Klopp and his team should be to get the team in to 1st position in the league. I personally don’t think that you do that by bringing in players that aren’t used to competing at the business end of the season on a regular basis.

        • Can played for Bayer Leverkusen when the team got the last 32 of the Champions League. As for Moreno, he played for the Sevilla side that won the Europa League in the 2013-14 season

    • I’d much rather have bought Mahrez two years ago than to buy him now. Having said that, I doubt that Volland is the next Mahrez.

      • Mahrez has proven nothing yet. He’s having a wonderful season admittedly, but plays at a team under no pressure to succeed. It’s a completely different situation to being at a club like Liverpool, Man United etc where the fans demand that you win each week.
        If you look back at the careers of Lallana, Benteke, Lovren etc before they came to Liverpool they were all doing really well at clubs where they were the ‘big fish’. Southampton and Villa have not had the same pressure to succeed in the last 20 years as Liverpool have and therefore the players were able to operate without fear of failure and similarly there wasn’t the scrutiny of their performances when they were at relatively ‘smaller’ clubs as there would be if they were at ours. We’ll see how good Mahrez is if he goes to an established CL team.

        • OK, but then if Mahrez goes to a CL team, what kind of shot do we have at signing him if does smashingly there? What incentive does he have to leave there and come to LFC? What incentive do they have to let him go?

          Given your approach, we’d be in for Pedro or Schweinsteiger instead of Mahrez? No thank you!

          • To be honest, I think the incentive in the modern day is money. That’s how Man City became a force. That’s how Chelsea became a force. And that’s how we’ll become a force again. Spend big on the best players who are proven winners rather than on the ones left over. Citing a few flops doesn’t discredit the idea altogether. There are more examples of this strategy working than it not

          • We’ve got FFP to contend with and no oil money in any case. Even if the Man City or Chelsea approach were workable, it isn’t one available to us. Besides, I think you can cite more flops than successes in the EPL if you’re talking value for money. Sanchez, for instance, is the exception that proves the rule. The risk to the club is massive, especially if there is no fiscal restraint and no commitment to not overpay.

          • The amount of money that we’ve spent in the last 2 or 3 seasons could easily have been spent on 4 or 5 proven players rather than a host of squad players. Plus, FFP should be easier than ever to comply with as soon as the new £1billion TV deal kicks in next season.
            We should have more financial muscle than most of the other big teams in Europe including the likes of Juve, Bayern, Dortmund etc. A few of their players would look well in our line-up.

  18. 5 goals in 21 games. Not really what we need.

    We need a goal-per-game type player. And there not that many around, and probably none that we have a chance of getting. Thats why missing out on Teixeira was a massive blow.

  19. Sell IBE whoever wants to buy him than bring Markovic back and buy Gaston Pereira from PSV for no more than 5mil and we would have a very good wingers add Ojo and Canos and we would have good 3rd 4th option too

  20. Good article. Interesting points. One thing watching Bayern last night is just how much having true, talented wingers makes their system work. In particular, the space they create in the middle of the park by having two out-and-out wingers like Costa and Robben. Doesn’t mean they take the ball to the touchline every time. But they can do that when they want to and always have to be accounted for by the opposition – meaning loads of space and time for creative types more centrally. Also means fullbacks can also just focus on defending – albeit they can easily join the attack when Robben occupies two or three guys who are terrified every time he turns upfield. Big thing for both Bayern and Barca is having a competent (but also creative) holding midfielder. I loathe the dude but Busquets has to be the very best in the business. The front three, the two additional attacking midfielders behind them and exceptionally attack minded FBs can all bomb forward safe in the knowledge that Busquets is always well positioned and competently patrolling the area behind the attack. He should be City’s main target this summer.

  21. Iv said this before an ill say it again stop using football manager as a way of “finding” players far to many people say this guy or that guy is a good buy!! Thank god some people ain’t in charge of transfers

  22. SPOT ON!

    Get annoyed with the people chirping – we need WC BS. Truth is we aren’t European giants and we can’t simply afford to buy them or pay them WORLD CLASS wages – 200K and above.

  23. My old baseball coach in high school used to say, “Son, you got a lot of potential. But do you know what that means? It means that now, you ain’t worth a sh*t.”
    Potential does not directly equal wins on the field. Bottom line. I think we have all learned that lesson these last few years.

  24. Sorry mate, just only saw your reply. There isn’t any two particular players, but I do have a list of players whom I would have consider. It’s world class hence these players are scarce. The most realistic transfer options would be Reus, Greizman, or Aumbeyang. And YES, we may just have to pay them 200-300k per week or maybe even more. Other options – Carvalho, Xhaka, Leroy Sane, Gotze, etc. Also, why wouldn’t they come to LFC if we have Klopp waving his magic wand? We just need to be willing to pay the 250-300k per week of wages for a proven world class player which I certainly think we should. We are Liverpool FC man.

  25. I want to start by saying that I really like Volland, and the other lad from Hoffenheim with whom we’ve been linked; Niklas Süle. However, the club and its transfer committee seems to get heavily slated for lacking ambition when we sign players from mid-table EPL clubs like Southampton or Swansea, but we’re all ok with signing someone from a rock bottom German club? Why, because he (and Süle) are German? Again, I like them both, I’m just a little confused is all.

    • To a degree I agree with you, but one player does not make a team, he can help of course, but Jamie Vardy was once playing non-league football, now he’s a PL star striker, it’s about being given a chance to show what you can do with a bigger club. I like the look and sound of him though and having already played with Firmino he would (in theory) settle down even quicker here than some foreign players tend to, I hope we go for him and sign him for next season.

      • I agree with you. I’m not one of those people. You surely know those I’m taking about who constantly bitch about us signing mid-table players from “smaller” clubs, seemingly forgetting where we got players like Keegan, Hughes, Rush and Digger. I like Volland and Sule both, I’d just be interested to see the reaction.

        • Let’s face it there is no such thing as a sure thing in the transfer market, it does not matter what the player has done beforehand, but what he does whist he’s with the club that you follow, Fernando Torres was (aside from his latter time at the club) superb for us, yet he went to Chelsea and flopped bigtime.
          Let’s hope regardless of who we sign under Klopp that the vast majority of the signings make it at LFC and help contribute to the good times FINALLY being back for Liverpool!!

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