Despite enjoying a rather promising start to life in the English Premier League this season, Liverpool’s recent poor run of form may have just about signalled the end of Jurgen Klopp’s honeymoon period at Anfield.
Surprise losses to both Newcastle United and Watford would have hardly lifted the spirits in and around Merseyside of late, and as the Reds still play host to a number of significant injuries to key players at the moment, Klopp may very well find his options somewhat strained unless some fresh new talent is drafted in at the club this January.
So then, although it certainly doesn’t take much to associate the former Borussia Dortmund boss with a number of his ex-players still operating at the Westfalenstadion this season, Ilkay Gundogan has nonetheless become the latest man to see his name linked with an illustrious move to Anfield in 2016.
With all things fairly considered on the subject, should Klopp make a move for the impressive German international this January, or do Liverpool really have much need for someone of Gundogan’s talents?
Well, as the current BVB star would likely improve most Premier League outfits, it would seemingly make sense for Liverpool to register an interest in the skilful midfielder this winter. Klopp already possesses a strong relationship with the 25-year-old of course, and the Reds faithful would easily take to Gundogan’s preferred neat passing style.
The former Nurnberg man can convert the play from defence to attack almost with the drop of a hat, with his close control in the middle of the park have been exceptional at times throughout his impressive career so far. And although the German national team has many in-form outfielders to consider at this particular moment in time, Gundogan’s intelligent vision and eye for the through ball allows him to standout above most of his competitors.
Yet, the word ‘however’ nonetheless seems to crop up fairly frequently when it comes to Liverpool and big money transfer moves. Because of all the wasted resources suffered during the reigns of Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish and Brendan Rodgers respectively, the Reds’ hierarchy simply can’t afford to offer Klopp the same kind of leniency in regards to expensive matters in the transfer market.
Although Gundogan would likely do the business at Anfield across the remainder of the 2015/16 campaign and beyond, he still arguably fails to represent the ideal kind of candidate for Kloppfor now.
Put in no uncertain terms whatsoever, Liverpool need defenders this January – and a couple of good ones at that! Although the Anfield faithful understandably admire Martin Skrtel for his no-nonsense approach at the back, the Slovakian ultimately makes one too many mistakes to be fully relied upon and is set to miss a few months through injury.
The same kind of criticism can also be pointed in the direction of both Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren – as well as goalkeeper, Simon Mignolet – for each the aforementioned players have arguably only served to worsen the first-team set-up since first arriving at the club.
The likes of Emre Can, James Milner and Jordan Henderson may admittedly fail to represent superior individual quality over someone like Gundogan of course, but as a strong trio in the middle of the park for Klopp, such players should theoretically be good enough for Liverpool at least until the culmination of the current campaign.
As the 25-year-old Germany international has also suffered with his own fair share of frustrating injury complaints in recent seasons, so maybe Liverpool should look elsewhere this January in order to avoid any more fitness concerns in the long run.
So, whilst many Reds supporters may still be crossing their fingers over the potential signing of Ilkay Gundogan this winter, Jurgen Klopp really should be strengthening elsewhere before moving for yet another graceful ball-playing midfielder.