If you type “Marco Reus, Liverpool” into Google News, you get dozens of articles this week ‘linking’ the German forward with a move to Anfield.
“Marco Reus rumours resurface” is one headline from The Liverpool Echo‘s rumour mill round-up.
Anybody clicking that link would be a little disappointed to see that they are merely citing a rather tenuous Metro report from earlier this week which claimed “Marco Reus closer to £32m Liverpool transfer as Borussia Dortmund finally end contract talks.”
And if you follow The Metro’s link, they actually cite The Express’s report which quotes sporting director Michael Zorc actually saying that they still intend to keep the 25-year-old:
“Nothing has changed about our intentions to continue our collaboration with Marco.
“But the current situation demands full focus from everybody at the club.
“Our biggest priority at the moment is to get out of this difficult situation. Everything else comes after that for now.”
Somehow, The Express manage to contrive those pretty innocuous quotes into a headline that claims “Dortmund END Marco Reus contract talks with Man Utd, Liverpool and Arsenal interested.”
Seemingly they stopped reading their own quotes before Zorc said “for now”. You see, “for now” does not mean “END” does it.
Meanwhile, The Metro‘s article claims “bid of £32million would be enough to get Reus, who wants a contract worth £180,000-a-week” but actually cite an old report of their own, which in turn cites a report from German paper Bild.
Which contradicts a ‘report’ in The Mirror earlier this month which claimed The Metro had said “Liverpool will offer Marco Reus a £200,000-a-week deal in January.”
Amidst all the sensationalist claims, citing of each other and rumour mill merry-go-rounding, there is actually something concrete from the player himself, who is quoted in a statement explaining that actually the media are more obsessed about his future than he is:
“At the moment there are a lot of people talking about my future. There is a lot of speculation and a lot is being written.
“So I would like to take this opportunity to say that other people are thinking more about my future than me.”
The skeptics among us may ponder that Reus not really being too worried about his future is because he knows he’s following the route of Mario Goetze and Robert Lewandowski in recent years by ditching Dortmund for Munich at the end of the season.
Next time you see a Marco Reus to Liverpool headline, don’t get too exited.