European football expert Raphael Honigstein believes that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp could return to his former club Dortmund for Neven Subotic’s signature despite claims that he has no desire to raid his old side.
The German boss took over at Anfield following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers in October after spending a few months out of the game on the back of seeing out his contract with BVB.
Due to the timing of his arrival, Klopp has been unable to draft in any players suited to his own style of play since moving to Anfield, which has led to much speculation surrounding the January window.
There have been natural links between the 48-year-old and some of the stars that made his Dortmund side so successful, but the German club’s CEO, Hans-Joachim Watzke, has claimed that he cannot see such a state of affairs arising.
However, Bundesliga expert Honigstein says that he can see Klopp making a move for centre-back Subotic:
“The Dortmund CEO [Hans-Joachim Watzke] said Klopp would not target any of his players, but I think there could be a deal to be made for Subotic.” He told Sportsvibe.
“He is a bit out of favour under the new manager and is one of the few players personally picked by Klopp who brought him from Mainz to Dortmund in 2008.”
Klopp coached Subotic at Mainz before signing him upon his arrival at Dortmund.
Although Mats Hummels has been lauded for his defensive skills, the Serbia international was also a key player under the now Kop chief through the club’s back-to-back BuLi title successes in 2011 and 2012, as well as their journey to the 2013 Champions League Final.
Since Klopp’s exit Subotic has managed only one league appearance and appears to be way down new boss Thomas Tuchel’s pecking order.