Centre-back Neven Subotic has announced he is leaving Borussia Dortmund this summer, following eight years with the Bundesliga giants.
The 27-year-old’s future has been up in the air for some time now, with the Serb’s first-team chances at Signal Iduna Park limited to just 11 appearances last season.
He was a key player during Jurgen Klopp‘s time at the club, forging a solid partnership with Mats Hummels at the back and winning two league titles.
Subotic took to his Facebook page to confirm the news on Sunday, in a decision that is sure to alert some of Europe’s top clubs.
He is at an age where he still has plenty of years left at the top, and has shown in the past that he can shine for an elite side.
The statement read:
“Dear friends, during the last year I realised that my love for the game of football in an active role is too big to just be able to see it from outside. Football is an important part of my life. I love it and I can’t be without it.
“I am in the best age for a football player and I want to use my time to improve myself and my team every day. And I want to have the feeling I am needed and I can give everything for my club. That is what I am thinking about.
“I do not want to earn my money on the bench, but to be a active part of the history like I was until last year. I hope you can understand that.
“Borussia Dortmund is the club of my heart and it will always be. Yours, Neven”.
Liverpool may well be one of those to make a move for the Serbia international, having reportedly expressed an interest in him in the past.
With Klopp now Reds manager, joining up with his former manager may well appeal to Subotic, who enjoyed a fantastic relationship with the 49-year-old.
With Kolo Toure released, Martin Skrtel certain to leave and Mamadou Sakho’s future still unknown, the Dortmund man would add guaranteed quality and depth to Liverpool’s back-line.
They may be some understandable doubts over Subotic, due to a dip in form and lack of playing time, but he seems ideally suited to the Premier League.
Tough and uncompromising, he would bring a winning mentality and a nasty edge that Liverpool have lacked for some time.
Quite whether he’d be a first-choice player though seems unlikely, and he appears to be wanting first-team football. Perhaps if Sakho is banned long-term, he would be an ideal signing this summer.