Liverpool have emerged as shock contenders to sign German striker Max Kruse on a free transfer this summer, according to German outlet Sport1.
The 31-year-old will leave Werder Bremen where he has netted 35 goals and contributed 31 assists during 94 appearances for the club. Despite captaining the side last season, he will depart after three years at the Bundesliga outfit.
Sport1 claims that Bayern Munich are also interested in his services; identifying him as a backup for Robert Lewandowski.
Kruse would represent an interesting signing for Liverpool. His age doesn’t make him a stereotypical Jurgen Klopp signing, but his versatility is clearly a strong attribute.
His ability to play either up front, behind a striker, or out on the flank would make him a useful addition to Klopp’s squad.
At 31-years-old Kruse would certainly represent a short-term addition to Liverpool’s squad. That said, some competition for places in attack is required.
Daniel Sturridge will probably depart in the summer; whilst Rhian Brewster is still learning his trade when it comes to first-team football.
Kruse bagged 12 goals and claimed 14 assists last season so he can clearly still play. With better players around him at Liverpool, he could prove a decent acquisition for the club if Klopp can keep him firing.
A bit hurdle to overcome is the small matter of the Bayern competition. Having spent the majority of his career in Germany, however, the chance to link-up with Klopp and have a crack overseas before his career ends could give Liverpool an edge.