Liverpool Transfer Speculation: Reds Monitor Ozil, Eye Double Swoop for PSV Duo

David Hendrick@@DaveHendrickTLWContributor IIIDecember 18, 2011

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 22:  Mesut Ozil of Real Madrid warms up for the UEFA Champions League group D match between Real Madrid and GNK Dinamo Zagreb at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on November 22, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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According to a report in The Sunday People, Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli is monitoring Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil after Ozil was warned to improve his performances or face being sold by Madrid boss Jose Mourinho in the wake of his side's 3-1 El Classico defeat to Barcelona last weekend.

Ozil joined Madrid in the summer of 2010 after starring for Germany in that summer's World Cup and was a key player for them last season as he confined Brazilian superstar Kaka to the bench while scoring 10 goals and providing 24 assists in all competitions. 

Ozil's hasn't performed to the same standard this season and there have been some calls for him to be replaced in the starting 11 by Kaka as the ex-AC Milan player now seems to have rediscovered the form that once made him one of the three greatest players on the planet.

The People's report claims that Ozil may be sold at the end of this season if he does not improve and I can only speculate that the thought process behind that would be Real's pursuit of Belgian soon-to-be-superstar Eden Hazard, who would in theory replace Ozil in the starting 11.

I don't honestly see Liverpool having much chance of signing Ozil as I would imagine that, if he did become available, clubs would be lining up around the block to get in the door at Real Madrid to make an offer.

However, if it is true that Comolli is looking at this as a possibility, then at least it's a sign that he has raised the standard of the players he's looking to bring to the club as Ozil is a truly fantastic player.

For the Reds to even be considered by Ozil as a possible destination should he leave Madrid, they would need to have secured a place in next season's Champions League. It's quite obvious to everyone that in order for Liverpool to qualify for the Champions League next season, they will need to spend money in the January transfer window.

Liverpool have been linked with a number of players over the past month or so and are claiming that the men from Merseyside will make a £22 million double bid for PSV Eindhoven duo Kevin Strootman and Georginio Wijnaldum next month. are, in my own personal opinion, about as reliable as the chances of sunshine in Grimsby in November and I usually wouldn't pay any heed to the rumours they supply.

However, the author of this particular rumour has been correct on a couple of things over the last six months, and both of these players have been linked with Liverpool in the last couple of months by a number of different sources—and indeed last summer it was rumoured that Liverpool were interested before they joined PSV.

The signings of Strootman and Wijnaldum would make a lot of sense for Liverpool as they are both players who fill a need, they are both young and they are both extremely talented.

It wouldn't surprise me if Liverpool were to bid for this duo next month, but whether or not PSV would be willing to sell having only signed them this past summer is another matter.

If the Reds were to sign the young PSV duo and follow up on their interest in FC Twente's Leroy Fer, Liverpool's midfield could have a distinctly Dutch feel to it for many years to come.