Liverpool have a whole heap of cash to spend, disgraced Luis Suarez is set to complete his £75m CASH move to Barcelona this week meaning Liverpool will be looking for replacements.
Having already signed Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert from Southampton, Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen and also finalising deals for Benfica’s Lazer Markovic and Lille’s Divock Origi you would think most of that £75m is already spent. However, Ben Smith, BBC journalist specialising in Liverpool FC, has tweeted: “None of #LFC spending so far dependent on his (Suarez) sale”. This means they can continue to open their cheque book and I think Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund would be an excellent acquisition.
Age: 25 (31/05/1989)
Clubs: Rot Weiss Ahlen, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Borussia Dortmund
Career Leagues Appearances/Goals: 205/72
Height: 5ft 11in (1.80m)
Marco Reus signed for Borussia Dortmund for £15m (€17.1m) in January 2012 and joined in July 2012. This was following a number of strong seasons with Borussia Mönchengladbach where he scored 37 goals in 99 Bundesliga games. From that point on Reus’ ability has shone through being widely renowned for his speed and technique.
However, he was extremely unfortunate to pick up an ankle injury that ruled him out of Jochim Löw’s Germany squad for the 2014 World Cup. Reus’ ability to play anywhere across the front line meant he would have been a key member of the German side with 21 caps and 7 goals since his debut in October 2011.
So why should Liverpool sign Reus?
Well last season he created 90 chances for his teammates in 30 appearances, second only to Max Kruse in the Bundesliga. He scored 16 goals (just behind Robert Lewandowski for Dortmund) picking up 13 assists and had an average pass accuracy rate of 75. Reus is comfortable with passing the ball either long or short and had an average pass length of 18 meters. He is also very able with the ball at his feet too when running at defenders. (Stats from squawka.com)
Liverpool look to have missed out on Alexis Sanchez to either Arsenal or Juventus, a definite blow but if they can secure the signature of Marco Reus then they will definitely be making a statement to the rest of the Premier League and Europe.
How much will he cost?
Well here’s the good part! Reports suggest that Marco Reus has a release clause in his contract for around £29.4m, others believe it is more accurately £35m but either way this would be a steal for Liverpool as they are set to receive a whopping £75m.
Will we see Marco Reus in the Premier League next season? I hope so!
By Gareth Thomas | July 8th, 2014