After Bayern Munich’s win against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League Final, there is some sort of feeling that German football is starting to take over, and this is just further pushed by not only Pep Guardiola’s appointment at Bayern, but it kickstarted a few years ago, with their young national team performing with maturity and a level of that was superior to their age.
So with the up-coming transfer window looming, should Liverpool look towards the Bundesliga for potential signings?
Before players we should look at however, we should not that the way German teams bring up their players is definitely something that should be admired, and would be great to see copied to harness the talents of players such as Raheem Sterling, Fernando Suso and Jordan Ibe. To see players such as Mesut Ozil playing at the level he is at the age of 24 is incredible, followed by Mario Gotze, 20, Marco Reus, 23, Toni Kroos, 23, David Alaba, 20, Ilkay Gundogan, 22 and Thomas Muller, 23.
Realistically all of those players would be out of our reach now, however we could maybe go for another young player that is impressing in Germany, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, of Borussia Monchengladbach. With Pepe Reina potentially leaving to Barcelona, we will need someone to fill his big boots, and with clubs like Inter and Arsenal also interested, it may be hard to compete, especially as he has already supposedly turned both of those teams now already, but if Reina leaves, we will need to pull all the stops to land a word-class keeper.
Another keeper that would also be a great addition is Hamburger SV keeper, Rene Adler who is seven years older than the Monchengladbach keeper, however may be more likely and also at a cheaper and more realistic price.
We have already been linked to Kyriakos Papadopolous of Schalke, and would fit in well with FSG’s policy as he is only 21 years of age, but carries a hefty price tag. However, the same goes for Jamie Carragher as it did for Pepe Reina, with big boots to fill, it might be important to go that extra bit further to land players of this calibre, rather than going for our second or third choices that may be cheaper, if we really want to start competing again.
Papadopolous’ centre back partner and Schalke captain, Benedikt Howedes would also have been a great addition the the Liverpool squad. However a deal would be very unlikely, as he has recently signed a new contract extension at Schalke.
With Andy Carroll seemingly leaving, and Fabio Borini not making too much of an impact as of yet, we could potentially go for Heung-Min Son of Hamburger SV. The 20 year-old South Korean international has scored 12 goals this season, and can be used as a winger or striker, therefore allowing more flexibility with the likes of Suarez, Sturridge, Coutinho, Suso and Sterling position wise.
If we wanted someone older of a higher goal return, then we could contact Bayer Leverkusen manager and Liverpool hero Sami Hyypia, and enquire about Stefan Kiessling, top scorer in the Bundesliga this year with 25 goals. However with Suarez’s 23 goal tally, and Sturridge scoring 10 in 14 league games, that may be a position we might not be looking at so much.
If we were looking for a winger then I would love to see Jakub Blaszczykowski at the club. He is captain of the Polish national team, and would add blistering pace to the team, and be a perfect example to the likes of Sterling, who he could learn from and hone his own skills. However, he has recently committed his future to Dortmund.
If Liverpool do end up buying any of those mentioned, you may want to sell your old football shirt, and purchase the new home kit with any of these names!
Who would you like to see play for Liverpool from the Bundesliga or German players in general? Let us know in the comments below.