If Liverpool Are Chasing Cavani and Falcao, Then They Should Be After Reus Too

Matt Ladson@mattladsonFeatured ColumnistAugust 8, 2014

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 01:  Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund gives a press conference at Santiago Bernabeu stadium ahead of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final match between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, on April 1, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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If reports on Thursday are to be believed, Liverpool have made inquiries for both Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani.

As explained by Simon Jones in The Daily Mail, the Reds inquired about taking Falcao on a season-long loan and have also been in touch over Cavani but were told he is no longer available.

The two players are among Europe's most coveted forwards, with stellar reputations and impressive goalscoring records—they are players supporters would certainly consider to be a "marquee" signing.

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Cavani, 27, and Falcao, 28, are players in their prime years and would certainly be a replacement for the departed Luis Suarez—offering European experience as well as their own undoubted qualities and attributes.

On Falcao, Andy Hunter of The Guardian writes that "the Colombia striker was subject to an inquiry from Liverpool several days ago as Brendan Rodgers attempts to secure a replacement for Luis Suarez."

After weeks of not being linked with a big-name signing to replace Suarez, Liverpool now appear to be showing their intentions to replace one of the world's best players with another high-profile forward.

Another name tentatively linked with a move to Anfield is that of Germany forward Marco Reus—whose Borussia Dortmund side arrive at Anfield on Sunday for Liverpool's final pre-season friendly.

Such reports linking Reus with a move to Merseyside were denied earlier in the transfer window, as per The Times' Tony Barrett:

Liverpool baffled by reports linking them with Marco Reus and insist they've shown no interest in him despite suggestions to the contrary.

— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) July 14, 2014

Since then, any reports linking Reus with Liverpool have been rather speculative and without substance.

However, surely if Liverpool are interested in players such as Cavani and Falcao, then they really should be chasing Reus, too.

The latest reports on the BVB player claim he has a release clause of less than £20 million—as per Robin Cottle of The Daily Mail.


Reus vs. Cavani vs. Falcao

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Of the three players, Reus is the one who seemingly most suits Liverpool's transfer strategy. He's the youngest of the three at 25 years old, would have the lowest price and presumably the lowest wages, too.

He's also the player who would most suit the style of play of Brendan Rodgers' side, able to replace the creativity of Luis Suarez in the final third.

Suarez made 75 key passes and created 87 chances last season, as per Squawka, but Reus' stats are not only similar but better—and in fewer games played. The German made 77 key passes, created 90 goalscoring chances and provided one assist more than Suarez. His shot accuracy was also marginally better (59 percent vs 53 percent).

How would Marco Reus fit into Brendan Rodgers' new-look Liverpool side? Smoothly, like silk http://t.co/eaVOxQ8yUA pic.twitter.com/mWrvPJUMTZ

— IndyFootball (@IndyFootball) August 7, 2014

Reus is versatile, something Rodgers certainly desires. He is capable of playing anywhere across the front three. He has Champions League experience and pace to burn. Exactly the type of player Liverpool and Rodgers are signing.

If Liverpool are indeed keen to acquire a star name to replace Suarez, they really should be interested in Reus—after all, can Dortmund risk allowing another player leave to join rivals Bayern Munich for a third consecutive year after the departures of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski? They'd be better off selling Reus now than allowing Bayern to swoop again next summer.

Either way, it looks set to be a very interesting final few weeks to the transfer window at Anfield.