Liverpool’s difficult start to the season has improved in recent days after they secured vital wins against Stoke City and Leicester City in the Premier League. Their spending spree could be set to continue in January though as Brendan Rodgers wants to strength his squad for the second half of the campaign.
One player Liverpool targeted heavily in previous years was Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan but he joined Borussia Dortmund instead. Now the Daily Express understand that Liverpool are back in the hunt for the playmaker and hope to profit on Dortmund’s woeful Bundesliga form that has seen them fall to last in the table.
Mkhitaryan is 25-years-old and began his career with FC Pyunik in his native Armenia. Mkhitaryan then moved on to Ukraine with FC Metalurh Donetsk where he netted 12 times in 37 league matches. This attracted the interest of Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk for whom he signed for in the summer of 2010 for $7.5m. Mkhitaryan played 72 league matches for the club, scoring 38 times and winning 3 Ukrainian Premier League titles.
Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund battled for the signature of Mkhitaryan in the summer of 2013 with Dortmund winning the midfielder for €27.5m. During his first season in Germany, the 50 time capped international played in 31 Bundesliga matches, 45 times in all competitions. Despite Mkhitaryan being important last season, his 2014/15 campaign has started slowly as has his club’s.
Liverpool fans, do you think Brendan Rodgers should swoop for Mkhitaryan, even despite him picking Borussia Dortmund in 2013?