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Liverpool Transfer News: Reds Scout Watches Marco Reus, Latest Rumours

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Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistFebruary 26, 2016

Liverpool reportedly cast their eye over Marco Reus on Thursday night, as a club official is said to have been in attendance when Porto took on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Europa League.

According to Lucas Sposito of Sport Witness, A Bola claim the Reds sent someone to watch the contest, which saw the German side win 1-0 and progress into the last 16 of the competition. It was a clash in which Reusa reported target for Liverpool, according to Spositoplayed for 70 minutes before being hauled off.

As reported by Sport Witness earlier this week, Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher told Sport Bild that he’d love to see his former side go after the forward. Here’s why:

It’s noted in the piece that while A Bola don’t specifically name a player the Reds were scouting, there were plenty on show whom they’ve been linked with as of late.

One is Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, according to Bild (h/t Liam Corless of the Daily Mirror). Meanwhile, Ruben Neves was also playing for the hosts, and Liverpool were linked with him earlier in the season, per Ed Malyon of the Daily Mirror.

A Liverpool scout reportedly watched Reus against Porto.
A Liverpool scout reportedly watched Reus against Porto.Gualter Fatia/Getty Images

All mentioned would be significant coups for the Reds, but Reus especially.

After all, the Germany international has proved in the past that he can thrive under manager Jurgen Klopp, keeping defenders on edge with his class on the ball, raw pace and ability to make crucial contributions in the final third.

However, as Alex Chaffer of FourFourTwo reported recently, it doesn’t seem as though the Dortmund man has any immediate desire to leave Germany:

It’d be intriguing to see how a Klopp-led pursuit of any BVB players would pan out. During his time at the club, the coach brought in footballers when they were not that fashionable and helped convert them into superstars.

Chasing the likes of Reus or Gundogan, who are now established as some of Europe’s best, would represent a change in approach.

 

Marcus Rashford Rejected Liverpool

TOPSHOT - Manchester United's English striker Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, nor
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Manchester United’s highly rated young forward Marcus Rashford reportedly rejected the chance to join Liverpool as a youngster.

That’s according to his former chairman Rob Jamieson, who helped nurture the youngster’s talent at youth side Fletcher Moss, per Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News: “He's a United fan. Once they came in for him, I don't think they'd have chosen anyone else. Everton, United and Liverpool, they were all clamouring around him.”

The teenager was plastered over the back pages on Friday morning after his heroics on Thursday evening. Rashford was drafted into Louis van Gaal’s starting XI at the last minute against FC Midtjylland after an injury to Anthony Martial and repaid his manager's faith with two goals in a 5-1 win on the night.

Some of the country's top sides were reportedly in for Rashford.
Some of the country's top sides were reportedly in for Rashford.Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Here’s a look back at his exceptional maiden appearance in United colours, via BT Sport Football:

Liverpool won’t be lamenting missing out on the youngster quite yet, though. While he’s a clear talent and a player with a bright future ahead, Rashford has only made one senior appearancealbeit a good one. Despite the hype, there’s a long way to go before he is a regular fixture in this United team.

For a young United fan with a plethora of offers to choose from, Liverpool are never going to be top of the list either.

Indeed, having helped his boyhood club to a vital victory in a European competition, he’ll feel vindicated in all the choices he’s made in his career to date.

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