Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is reportedly set to push through a major overhaul of players in the summer, with Bayern Munich man Mario Gotze, Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus and Udinese midfielder Piotr Zielinski said to be targeted.
David Maddock of the Daily Mirror reported the Reds’ interest in Reus, and also claimed Klopp has reservations over Alberto Moreno, Kolo Toure, Joao Teixeira and Jose Enrique.
The Reds have endured a difficult season overall, with the League Cup final loss to Manchester City at the weekend leaving many supporters disappointed.
Afterwards, as we can see courtesy of the Liverpool Twitter feed, the manager was in boisterous mood and adamant they would bounce back:
Liverpool FC @LFC
A message from Jürgen Klopp... https://t.co/WcQlpE1jgF2016-2-29 18:12:04
If the Reds can secure players of the calibre aforementioned, then it’s a bullishness which is warranted.
Gotze and Reus, who both thrived under Klopp at Borussia Dortmund, in particular would be huge coups for Liverpool, with the Germany internationals each able to add a different attacking dimension to the side.
A deal for Gotze certainly seems as though it could be on the cards. After all, the playmaker has been finding it difficult to secure a regular spot in the Bayern side since he moved from Dortmund in 2013, and at this juncture he’ll surely be keen to get football on a more regular basis elsewhere should the chance arise.
Bundesliga pundit Jan Aage Fjortoft summed up what are quite impressive statistics for the midfielder from his time at Bayern, although he suggested the player could be on the move:
Jan Aage Fjortoft @JanAageFjortoft
Götze for Bayern: - 104 games - 34 goals - 21 assists - 90 mins: 40 times Contract up 2017 Leaving this summer? @FrankLinkesch2016-1-20 14:22:00
Reus was so often Gotze’s partner in crime at the Westfalenstadion and has resisted the urge to follow his compatriot out the door.
He’s a more direct and incisive attacking player, and he was a fine foil Gotze’s intricate talents at BVB; it’s a dynamic Liverpool fans will be dreaming of seeing flourish together at Anfield.
Here is a look at some of Reus’ standout moments from what has been a brilliant season for him and Dortmund:
It’s also claimed by King the Reds are “desperate” to secure Zielinski, who is on loan at Empoli from Udinese.
The 21-year-old has been impressive in the early stages of his career and is a player who possesses a composure in central areas which surpasses his relatively tender years.
As WhoScored.com note here, the Poland international is extremely skilled in one-on-one situations too:
Piotr Zielinski: Of players to attempt 50+ dribbles in Serie A this season, only Rincón & Perotti have better success than Zielinski (69.8%)2016-1-29 10:50:06
News of a seismic shift in personnel this summer will serve as encouragement to Liverpool fans, with Klopp surely set to stamp his authority on the squad.
However, after the last two summers saw the club make major moves in the transfer market, a full-scale facelift will do little to help steady what has been an ever-changing group of players.
Of course, Klopp needs to make additions in the window and draft in players who are more suitable to the way he wants his team to play.
The likes of Gotze and Reus would certainly fit the bill, despite clearly being ambitious targets for the Reds; a few players of that quality, rather than another mass influx of faces, would surely be the way to start turning things around at Anfield.