Liverpool Transfer News: Latest on Bernd Leno and Daniel Sturridge Rumours

Matt Jones@@MattJFootballFeatured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2016

ROME, ITALY - NOVEMBER 04:  Bernd Leno of  Bayer 04 Leverkusen in action during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between AS Roma and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Olimpico Stadium on November 4, 2015 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Reported Liverpool target Bernd Leno has admitted it would be an ambition fulfilled if he was to play in the Premier League at some point.

Speaking with Sport1 (h/t Tom Olver of Metro), the Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper spoke about his plans for the future and had an interesting take on leaving the Bundesliga.

“Perhaps you sometimes have dreams of playing abroad, I find that very sexy,” said the 23-year-old. “What happens at the end is not known—but dreaming, I am always dreaming.”

As noted by Olver, the Reds were linked with a January move for the Leverkusen man, with the German said to be being eyed as a potential replacement to the under-fire Simon Mignolet. Here’s a look at why Leno is so highly rated:

The Bayer starlet is one of the most exciting young goalkeepers on the continent. Not only is he an expert at keeping shots out, but all other areas of his work are refined for one so young. Already he’s developed a brilliant reputation for saving penalties, while his command of the penalty area and distribution are also exceptional.

Needless to say, Liverpool could do with a stopper of his calibre. As we can see here courtesy of Squawka Football, current No. 1 Mignolet hasn’t been having the best of times lately:

However, it appears new manager Jurgen Klopp has faith in the Belgian international, as he was recently handed a new five-year deal at Anfield. So, for the short-term at least, it seems as though the Reds supporters will have to persist with Mignolet, who seems to inspire little confidence between the sticks.

Mignolet was recently handed a five-year deal at Anfield.
Mignolet was recently handed a five-year deal at Anfield.Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Leno would potentially be a brilliant acquisition for the Reds if they did decide to reassess their goalkeeping predicament in the summer. However, if Leverkusen were to cash in on the German youth international, some of the elite clubs in European football would be jumping at the chance to take him off their hands.


Newcastle United Want Daniel Sturridge

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool warms up during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield on February 6, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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According to Steve Morgan of the Daily Star, Newcastle United have emerged as shock potential suitors for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge.

Morgan writes that the Reds would be willing to cash in on their injury-ravaged forward in the summer should the right kind of offer come in, with the player set to be disappointed at “continued question marks over his fitness and pain threshold.”

It’s suggested in the piece that while some illustrious names are interested in the forward, such as Arsenal, Liverpool do not want to sell to a team they consider as positional rivals.  

Sturridge is a major talent, but has been ravaged by injuries.
Sturridge is a major talent, but has been ravaged by injuries.Clive Rose/Getty Images

While it would be a shame to see the Reds move the England international striker on given his obvious natural talent, as Bleacher Report UK notes here, the amount of games he’s played recently is enough to raise major concerns about whether he can have a long-term impact:

Klopp will be desperate to stamp his authority on this Liverpool squad in the summer and will want a brilliant centre-forward at the point of his attack. Sturridge, when fit, can be that player, and if he can get back in the team and back scoring goals in the remaining weeks of the campaign, then the Reds would surely show a willingness to keep him.

But if he continues to miss matches, the club has a significant decision to make. Klopp can’t afford to build his squad around a forward who can only feature in circa one in six matches, after all, and if a side such as Newcastle wanted to pay big money to take Sturridge off the Reds' hands, then there’d be a massive temptation to take the money and run.


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