It’s happened… Jamie Carragher has joined the ‘Sign Reus’ brigade!
The Borussia Dortmund winger, who of course shot to prominence under Jurgen Klopp when our manager was working in the Bundesliga, has been a long-term fantasy target of virtually every Liverpool fan on the internet for many a season – so much so – our owner John W. Henry once joked about it on Twitter.
Oh and sign Reus!
— John W. Henry (@John_W_Henry) September 17, 2014
Reus is one of Germany’s best players and one of the most revered wingers in Europe, but Carragher reckons he could be a realistic option for Liverpool come the summer.
“The squad lacks a top player who can have an immediate impact,” Carragher told Sport Bild. “I’d like to see Dortmund’s Marco Reus on the wing. He’d be a great fit. Add a forward and central midfielder to it and you can build on it.”
Reus has registered 12 goals for Dortmund this season, forming a wonderful attacking triumvirate with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
He’d unquestionably be an awesome signing, but our likely lack of Champions League football could affect our chances of securing his services – that’s if Klopp’s even interested.
Carragher went on to explain that he’s actually pleased Liverpool didn’t sign Alex Teixeira from Shakhtar in January, but praised the club for completing a Bosman deal for Cameroonian defender Joel Matip.
“I think it’s good that Klopp did not stay the pace,” he said. “It was profiteering, and he passed on the quickfire solution. Klopp is still analysing the squad. And he brought in a great reinforcement in Joel Matip on a free.
“A lot of that [TV] money is wasted. A lot of average players were signed for way too much, and the wages were out of proportion.
“When an English club knocks on a door in Europe, they just add five or 10 million on top of the transfer fee. They milk it.”
Carragher’s right in that we’ve wasted transfer budgets in recent windows, but hopefully, under Klopp, the same mistakes will not be made. Liverpool can no longer afford to plunder huge sums on average footballers. Our money should be saved for those who can make an immediate impact on the first-team.