Marco Reus’ buyout clause, reported to be €35million, doesn’t come into effect until next summer, but that hasn’t stopped the vultures from continuing to attempt to pick away at Borussia Dortmund’s most prized assets.

Jurgen Klopp has seen two of his best players in Mario Goetze and Robert Lewandowski leave Signal Iduna Park for a combined €37m in the space of 12 months – a little over half what Real Madrid paid for James Rodriguez. So it’s understandable that the Bundesliga side are digging their heels in with regards to Reus, who has been interesting Liverpool, among many others, this summer.

Liverpool were sounded out as a possible destination for the German international in recent weeks, but it always looked too farfetched. Barcelona were knocked back in their attempts to land the 25-year-old, and in the event Reus does become available, Liverpool would certainly not be given a clear run at him, with so many clubs enamoured by the exploits of the Dortmund forward in recent seasons.

Liverpool have the necessary Champions League football, but it would take something colossal for them to beat clubs like Manchester United, either of the big two in Spain, should they fancy him, and even Bayern Munich, who shouldn’t be discounted, to the signing of Reus.

It also seems a little too far out there that Liverpool would even bother to make contact with the Bundesliga side. Clubs around Europe know what Dortmund’s situation is and where they stand on losing key players each summer.

Last year, they fought off Bayern’s advances for Lewandowski so as not to lose both Goetze and the Polish international in the same summer. They may have forfeited a transfer fee, but there were no hits to their reputation. If anything, it only grew, drawing plenty of admiration for their standing up to the Bavarians and Lewandowski’s camp.

It’s one a year for Klopp’s side: Kagawa, Goetze, Lewandowski. They have no reason to sell Reus at this time. The arrivals of Ciro Immobile and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and the additions of younger names like Matthias Ginter, Erik Durm and Milos Jojic, have helped to usher in a new era at the club, one which Reus is the standout figure. Think of the potential fall Dortmund would suffer if they allowed their star forward to depart this summer, not just in terms of what it would do to their reputation, but the overall morale too.

A question that’s far more relevant a year into the future, it’s worth asking what Liverpool can offer Reus that others can’t. Instantly you’d come undone. Yes, he’d be the undisputed star of the team, but does that suit him? He’s already seen Bayern overtake Dortmund in Germany and increase the lead, not just by signing world-class players, but by signing Dortmund’s world-class players. Wouldn’t Reus, therefore, start to think where his best chances are of lifting silverware, having failed to do so thus far in his career? It’s not to say Liverpool can’t win a league title at some stage in the next few years, but others, for now at least, look more likely to do so, either in England or those competing in leagues on the continent.

Marco Reus may have turned down Dortmund’s latest contract offer, one that likely removes the release clause which has caused such a headache for those in West Germany. But when the real race for Reus’ signature does begin, Liverpool simply won’t be able to outrun their rivals.

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