Liverpool: Follow up in Bundesliga interest; Ings close to return; Karius injury latest
Liverpool’s transfer window was mainly successful this summer, with most targets being acquired and several areas of weakness being addressed.
But the club did still miss out on a number of talented players, and two names that proved particularly difficult to capture were Borussia Moenchengladbach’s Mo Dahoud and Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic.
Gladbach wanted at least £25 million for 20-year-old Dahoud, but made it very difficult for the Reds to buy the player, whereas 17-year-old United States international Pulisic was the subject of a failed bid towards the end of the window. However, the Reds have not been deterred in their quest to sign these Bundesliga youngsters, and are already plotting a move for next summer.
It was rumoured earlier this summer that Dahoud has a release clause in his contract which comes into effect in the summer of 2017 which would allow the midfielder to leave for around £8 million. This would be very exciting for Liverpool, who are in desperate need of a player like the Syrian-German starlet in their side.
Dahoud is a quality tackler, sitting in defensive midfield and breaking up the play of the opposition, but that doesn’t mean he can’t play football. He is also an excellent passer, and will have to step up at Gladbach this season following the loss of Granit Xhaka to Arsenal.
If the fears from the transfer market come true and the Reds still look short in central midfield this season, where Emre Can and Lucas are currently their only options in defensive midfield, calls for a move for Dahoud will only get louder as the season goes on.
Pulisic was brought to Dortmund by Klopp in 2015 to join the academy, and the 17-year-old is clearly still admired by his former manager, who may look to make further moves for the winger.
Pulisic hasn’t had time to make much of an impact in the Bundesliga yet, being only 17, but he is clearly talented, and hold the records of being the youngest foreign player to score in the division and also the youngest player to score a brace.
Liverpool had a bid of £11 million rejected for the youngster, and this value may only go up in the future, even if the American struggles for game time this season. This is one to keep an eye on over the season.
Away from transfers the Reds have received a boost from the treatment table as Danny Ings and Loris Karius edge closer to returning to the team.
Liverpool play a behind-closed-doors friendly against Huddersfield Town today, and Ings, who has made some appearances for the under-23s this season, is in contention for some game time.
The return of Ings could be crucial for Liverpool this season. He started his Anfield career in excellent fashion, scoring three times in eight matches before a horrible cruciate ligament injury, and his combination of high work rate and excellent finishing make him the perfect fit for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
Whether Ings will be a regular starter is yet to be seen, but he will certainly be a big part of the squad this season, and it will be good for Liverpool to get him back so quickly.
Loris Karius will also play a big part for the Reds this season, although it is likely the 22-year-old will be first choice in his position, unlike Ings.
The promising German ‘keeper was signed for £4.7 million over the summer, and looked set to usurp Simon Mignolet in goal, but a broken hand and subsequent surgery has left the Belgian playing at the start of the season.
Karius is not back in training, though, saving one handed, and claims he is ahead of schedule in his recovery. As one of the best goalkeepers in the Bundesliga last season, Liverpool fans will be excited to see him in the team and will hope he can live up to the hype.
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