Kenny Dalglish’s summer spending looks set to continue with transfer of Hamburg left-back Marcell Jansen for £8m. The German international can play both as a full-back and as a left-winger.
The Reds were thought to be close to signing Lyon defender Ally Cissokho, the delays in that deal have caused Dalglish to cast his net further. At £8m, Jansen represents a very decent bit of business though Hamburg are likely to try to push up that fee.
Jansen came to prominence at Borussia Monchengladbach under Dick Advocaat, a stunning debut season resulting in a regular spot for Germany U-21s and a multitude of European clubs after his signature. These teams include Arsenal, Barcelona, Marseille and Ajax – Jansen ultimately opted for Bayern Munich.
Ever since moving to Hamburg a year later, Jansen has established himself as one of the Bundesliga’s most consistent performers and one of the key features of Germany’s promising revolution that has seen the country’s football transformed from the bottom up.
Even during Liverpool’s renaissance under Kenny Dalglish, the side lacked balance and width. If Jansen is to sign, that would be the third left-footed player signed during the transfer window. Given that Dirk Kuyt and Jordan Henderson, and even Glen Johnson can occupy the right-side, Liverpool would have necessary depth to push on.
Jansen has been on Liverpool’s radar ever since coming to attention during the 2010 World Cup in which he scored Germany’s second goal in the 3-2 Third Place Play-off against Uruguay. Then manager Roy Hodgson’s advances were rebuffed, who opted for flop Paul Konchesky instead.
With money to burn at Anfield these days, it seems just the time to sure up the left-back spot which has been problematic since the departure of John Arne Riise’s departure.