German forward Max Kruse, who moved to Fenerbahce this summer when his contract with Werder Bremen expired, claims the Reds wanted to acquire him, but he turned Jurgen Klopp down in favour of a move to Turkey.
— Ronan Murphy (@swearimnotpaul) July 26, 2019
Kruse says he ‘spoke to a lot of people’ before making his decision, and he insists he does not regret it.
Whether the Reds were actually in for him, or whether there was simply an enquiry to sound him out having been identified as a potential target, is unclear. He was linked earlier in the window but it came to nothing and the Reds quickly denied any interest at the time.
It’s probably more likely that he was a short-term option at one stage when Rhian Brewster was still on the road to recovery. With Brewster having come back strong, the club might have decided against Kruse rather than the other way around.
Sepp van den Berg is the only Reds signing so far this summer, though Harvey Elliott is expected to follow suit in the coming weeks, with that deal seemingly already agreed but yet to be formally announced.