Jurgen Klopp has won the hearts of Liverpool fans everywhere since his arrival to Merseyside only a matter of weeks ago.
The Reds have enjoyed some great results such as their big away wins at Stamford Bridge, the Etihad Stadium and St. Mary’s, but they are still inconsistent which has been shown by their sloppy losses to Crystal Palace and Newcastle. This current Liverpool side has plenty of potential available but the current squad still has a long way to go before they can be real contenders in the Premier League and in Europe.
The January transfer window is only around the corner and Liverpool need to stop signing young players with ‘potential’ and instead focus on attempting to bring a couple of stars to the club. There is no better manager to attract a big-name player than the charismatic Klopp as most players in Europe would love to play for the German.
It was rumoured when Klopp arrived at Anfield that he vowed he would not raid former club Borussia Dortmund players but last week Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke stated the following:
“We at BVB have a very good relationship with Jurgen. I think there’d be no conflict were there be to be interest in one of our players at some point. He would contact us before he contacts the player,” Watzke told Die Welt.
This statement is only hypothetical and doesn’t necessarily mean that Klopp will raid Dortmund anytime in the near future but if he was going to look at his former club for new recruits then let’s discuss who he should go for.
Liverpool, along with Arsenal and Manchester United, have been linked with the talented German on a few different occasions. It has actually become predictable that Reus will be linked with an English club during every transfer window. However, Liverpool fans may fancy their chances to snatch the the German now that Klopp is their boss.
Reus is one of the most creative attacking players in Europe and he loves to assist his teammates. He has so far scored 45 goals in 94 league games for Dortmund. If Liverpool could sign Reus, it would mean that they would have one of the most lethal attacking forces in the Premier League. Just imagine having Reus and Coutinho playing just behind a fully fit Daniel Sturridge.
Klopp once described Gundogan as an “intelligent and complete midfielder with numerous strengths”. The German midfielder is known to be a great passer of the ball, hard worker and also has plenty of defensive ability.
The current Liverpool boss is a big admirer of Gundogan so it is no surprise that Fichajes (via the Metro) has linked Liverpool with a January transfer move for the player who has just 18 months left on his contract.
It would also be a great buy for Klopp’s new club as they need a quality and consistent midfielder to partner Jordan Henderson in central midfield.
Liverpool lost out on Mkhitaryan’s signature to Borrusia Dortmund in 2013 but the Armenian playmaker hasn’t been a massive success at Dortmund. This would make him a player that Dortmund would be more willing to let go compared to the others mentioned in this article.
Don’t let that doubt the Armenian international’s quality though, as he offers plenty of creativity in attack as he is a great passer of the ball and isn’t afraid to take on opponents.
Liverpool have been a bit more consistent and reliable in defence since Klopp arrived but they still need a quality centre-back to calm the nerves in defensive areas. Dejan Lovren is slowly but surely improving and growing in confidence under Klopp while Martin Skrtel is still struggling with consistency.
Mamadou Sakho is currently out with an injury until at least after Christmas but it’s not clear when he will be 100% fit again while Kolo Toure is lacking pace and nearing retirement.
Neven Subotic followed Klopp to Dortmund from Mainz 05 in 2008 and Klopp wouldn’t be opposed to coaching the central defender again. Subotic is consistent, experienced and physically strong while he is also still only 26 so he would be a positive defensive target for Liverpool.
Hummels has been a long-term target for Liverpool’s bitter rivals Manchester United, which would make signing the player even sweeter for Reds fans. Similarly to Subotic, Hummels is still only 26 but would bring plenty of experience, physical strength and consistency to the Liverpool defence.
Sarah Fitzpatrick, Pundit Arena