Reds to soften Sterling exit with stellar signing of Reus?
Liverpool (14/1 with Coral to clinch the Europa League) are reportedly pondering just what to do with the estimated £49m about to arrive in their coffers for Raheem Sterling, and Borussia Dortmund dangerman Marco Reus is believed to be the object of the Reds’ planned indulgence.
Brendan Rodgers needs a show of strength in the summer market rather than a repeat of the hit and miss splurge which followed Luis Suarez’s exit. Though, Liverpool do look to have learned about recruiting quality over quantity after losing their third star name in two terms without adequate replacements.
Setting aside a reported £46m for rapid Reus, who on his day can be as devastating as any of Europe’s elite attackers, with a devilish turn of pace, directness and eye for goal that the Reds require, could prove to be a season-defining move.
A much more polished product than 20-year-old Sterling, predatory Reus may just be the top class continental signing to turn Liverpool back into genuine contenders for silverware, and a marquee buy to silence Northwest rivals Manchester City and Manchester United. Though they still also urgently need defensive recruits.
Nippy attacking midfielder Reus only recently penned a new deal at the Westenfalenstadion, however, surprising many pundits and fans by extending his contract with his boyhood club until 2019.
With the ink not long dry on that deal, it appears unlikely that Dortmund would sanction a departure, especially after having their ranks depleted by cash-rich clubs several times over the past few terms, but the Bundesliga side have shown they are susceptible to big bids before.
Much depends on the stance of new tactician Thomas Tuchel, with Reus an embodiment of former coach Jurgen Klopp’s exciting and successful brand of football, though the Reds may have to do more than just convince the German giants.
The latest reports surrounding wingman Reus, who could have been a free agent this summer, have suggested that the 26-year-old rejected a move to Barcelona for fear of being overshadowed or failing to find game time, with the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Suarez already installed at the Nou Camp.
A more likely reason for the flank threat, who hit 16 goals and provided 14 assists at his peak for Dortmund in 2013/14, to stay put, is the support that the Westenfalenstadion side gave Reus when his World Cup dreams were shelved by a serious injury. Having missed out on the Brazil triumph, the 25-capped Germany international will surely not want to risk being benched ahead of Euro 2016.
A mooted £46m offer may be too much for Dortmund (8/1 to win the Europa League) to resist, especially after Reus’ disappointing return last term, though the German still grabbed seven league strikes, the same as Sterling.
It may appear unrealistic that quick-footed and fast-thinking Reus would turn down Barca but then move to Merseyside, however, after Steven Gerrard and Sterling’s exits he would certainly be the big fish in a historically bigger pond, and an undoubted starter.
Able to bring somewhat of a Gareth Bale impact to Liverpool’s attack, with electric pace and a real goal threat from wide, Reus is one of the players who looks ready-made for the Premier League. Just the kind of coup the Reds crave, a trio of Die Mannschaft’s midfielder plus Brazil pair Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino could see Rodgers really push his team to contend, and bring guile and goals galore.