With want-away winger Raheem Sterling almost certainly off to Manchester City for an eye-watering fee, just who will replace the 20-year old has been a cause for debate in the media. While the names of Barcelona attacker Pedro Rodriguez and Real Madrid wide-man Denis Cheryshev have been kicked around, things are starting to get out of hand with various reports linking Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus with a move to Merseyside.
This, of course, is nothing new. When the German forward was stalling on signing a new deal with Die Schwarzgelben, the Reds — along with about a dozen other sides — were reported to have had a keen interest in temping the 26-year old away from the Westfalenstadion, but it was believed that only Barcelona or Bundesliga powerhouses Bayern Munich would be able to prise him from the grasp of his beloved Dortmund.
While that could very well still be the case, the latest bit doing the rounds is that Reus, who ended up putting pen to paper, isn’t interested in battling it out with Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, and Neymar Jr. for a spot in the Catalan clubs much lauded attacking triumvirate. It’s an interesting story, whether it’s true or not, but should the exciting attacker make himself available, Liverpool surely won’t be the only one that comes knocking.
The bulk of the cash the Reds bring in from the sale of Sterling will almost certainly be used to bring in a striker with Aston Villa hit-man Christian Benteke apparently topping the wish list. If and when that’s completed and how much of his £32.5mil asking price we end up paying could dictate whether we could even considering joining any hypothetical race for Reus’s signature, but we’d also have to convince him that the Champions League isn’t all that great and that isn’t not the size of your wage packet, it’s who signs it that matters.
On second thought, let’s not hold our breath on this one…