A young and creative midfielder should certainly be on Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers’ radar when the transfer window opens again in January, but the Reds boss should not bother with Real Madrid’s Mesut Ozil.
Richard Arrowsmith of The Daily Mirror reported in September that Liverpool was keeping a close watch on Ozil amidst Madrid’s struggles. But yesterday, Arrowsmith quoted the 23-year-old saying, “When you play for Real Madrid you can not think of anything else. I know nothing and I have no reason to leave.”
There have been countless cases in transfer sagas where a player claims not to be considering a move from his current team, but makes a move shortly thereafter. Ozil will not be following that trend.
He has certainly struggled this season, which is surprising when considering his fantastic form during Madrid’s previous campaign.
Although he scored just four goals last season, Ozil led all the Galácticos with an incredible 17 assists in La Liga matches. Through five appearances as a starter and two as a substitute this year, he has no goals and just one assist.
His dip in production has been part of the team’s early-season woes, which currently has them in fifth place.
But there is a massive gap between Madrid and Barcelona, and every other team in Spain’s top flight. This was evident last season in the 30-point difference between Barça, who finished in second, and Valencia, who took third.
Madrid will make up the ground they lost during their poor start. While they may not be able to catch Barcelona, and the margin between second and third may not be as wide this year, the end result will be the same.
As the team starts to get back on track, Ozil will follow suit. As a playmaker, he feeds off of his teammates and is at his best when they are in goal-scoring form.
The young German was an integral part of the team’s success last year and has a long, productive career ahead of him. Jose Mourinho is far too savvy as a manager to make a knee-jerk reaction and sell him due to a few poor showings.
Monitoring Ozil is simply a waste of time for Liverpool, and he will not be leaving Madrid in January, or even in the summer. Rodgers can dream of running his slick-passing tactics with Ozil as his midfield maestro, but this will not happen at Anfield.