Liverpool FC: 5 Reasons Liverpool Must Sign Mats Hummels in January
With the January transfer window just around the corner, reinforcements are on the horizon for Liverpool. Kenny Dalglish will inevitably look to strengthen his squad, as his side look to make a push to return to the Champions League.
One of the names that has been mentioned in rumours regarding who Dalglish may be targeting is that of Mats Hummels.
The 23-year-old German centre-back, who plays for reigning Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund, has ripped his way onto the world scene in recent seasons, emerging as one of Europe's better defensive players.
It is crucial Liverpool make a move to sign Hummels in the January window. Here are five reasons why.
5. He Continues to Add Size to the Centre Back Corps
One of the central defender's most important traits is his height. It is the key to being able to win a header and dominate aerially, a vital ability for a defender.
At an average of 6'3", Liverpool's current centre-back group of Daniel Agger, Jamie Carragher, Sebastian Coates, Martin Kelly, Martin Skrtel and Andre Wisdom is one of the biggest in the league.
Size has proven to be a crucial feature of the Liverpool defensive line in the past, and it is pivotal they maintain that.
Mats Hummels would continue to add great size to the heart of the Liverpool defense. He has become known as a player who is great in the air, and as one who rarely loses a header.
He is 6'3" in his own right, and would fit right in to the Liverpool defense, continuing that tradition of size and strength in the heart of the Anfield defense.
4. He Fits the Liverpool System Perfectly
When Kenny Dalglish took over at Liverpool, changes to the team's system were evident.
Suddenly, the Reds were playing attractive, attacking football based on passing and movement and intelligent play.
Those are the traits that have made Hummels stand out in the Bundesliga and the traits that would make him a success at Anfield.
Hummels is well-known for his composure, positioning and smarts, and he is the kind of player Liverpool will be looking for.
A graduate of the Bayern Munich footballing school, he has grown up playing a system similar to that of Liverpool's current one. Hummels would have no problem fitting in at Anfield.
3. His Ability to Contribute Goals from Defense
One of Liverpool's biggest problems through the first half of the season has been their lack of goalscoring.
Though they sit at sixth in the table, they have scored just 20 goals, good for 11th in the league. Five of those have come off the boot of Luis Suarez, while just three have come from defenders.
With Suarez out sooner or later with his eight-game suspension, Liverpool must add more goalscoring ability. Mats Hummels would serve to add just that.
Since joining Dortmund in 2009, Hummels has made 72 appearances, scoring 10 goals.
As mentioned, he has become well-known for his aerial ability, including in the opponents' box. His 6'3" frame is often a target on corners and free-kicks, and his pure athletic ability means he often makes runs from defense.
Hummels will certainly help to solve the Liverpool goalscoring crisis, perhaps more so than any other defensive target Kenny Dalglish might have in his sights.
2. Liverpool Could Do With Improving in the Heart of Defense
One of the reasons Liverpool have been successful despite their offensive troubles is the team's incredibly stingy defense. With just 13 goals allowed through 17 games, no team has been better defensively.
Why not continue to build on that?
Hummels would only serve to improve an already very strong defense. While Martin Skrtel has been very good this season, there is still question over whether or not he is a Liverpool-quality centre-back.
Daniel Agger has not been brilliant this season and needs something to get him going. Hummels would be a great signing for Liverpool, building on a strong defense and making it even better.
1. He Is Arguably the Best Young Defender in Europe
Since taking over in January 2011, Kenny Dalglish has made it a priority to bring in young players to develop, often overpaying for them (see Henderson, Jordan). If he is looking to add talented youth, he should look no further than Hummels.
The German defender is one of the better youngsters in world football. At just 23, he is nowhere near his prime, yet he has already established himself as one of the premier defenders in Europe. Hummels has a long way to grow, and the sky is quite literally the limit for him. Considering how good he could be in a few years time, it is crucial that Liverpool pick him up for the price he would be available at now, likely less than £20 million.
Mats Hummels could make Liverpool Premier League contenders again.
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