Turkish newspaper Takvim is not a source we’ve previously come across, but they’ve already been picked up the Independent, among others, in claiming that Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Kevin Grosskreutz.
Jurgen Klopp managed Grosskreutz during his stint at Borussia Dortmund, and Takvim reckon Liverpool will sign the 27-year-old for £1.8m, and that the deal could be announced within the next ten days.
They claim that Grosskreutz is unhappy with life in Istanbul, having not played a single minute of football this term since arriving from Dortmund in the summer. This isn’t because he’s been out of favour, but because Galatasaray messed up his registration – and the player is disgruntled with their unprofessionalism.
Grosskreutz began as a winger, capable of playing on either flank, but interestingly, he’s also comfortable at either left-back or right-back, so could be described as the ultimate utility man.
Liverpool definitely need cover in the fullback positions, and the fact Grosskreutz can play either side would make him a handy addition, especially considering he knows Klopp’s way perfectly – having won two Bundesliga titles under him.
His signing wouldn’t be glamorous by any stretch of the imagination, but could certainly plug a squad gap.