Liverpool might be one of the largest football clubs in the world, but that doesn’t mean players can’t say no to them
As it was confirmed by beIN Sports that German striker Max Kruse had chosen Fenerbahce over Liverpool as his next club despite the likes of the Daily Star claiming that the Reds were in pole position to sign the free agent, it raised a question mark as to why the 31-year-old turned down a move to the Premier League, but now an answer has emerged.
As RTL journalist Thomas Wagner claims via TEAMtalk, Kruse chose a move to Turkey over the English giants due to both financial and playing time, saying: “I know Liverpool made an offer to him. At first, I thought that a move to Fenerbahce is an unlikely one, but he chose Fenerbahce over Liverpool.
“I think he will make a lot of money in Turkey and also he will be the centre of attention.”
Although Liverpool have gone big over the past few summer transfer markets bringing in the likes of Naby Keita and Alisson for a reported £48 million and £66.8 million via BBC Sport respectively, some of the club’s best signings in recent years have been the ones that were on the lower end of the price spectrum.
Andy Robertson, for instance, was signed for a reported £10 million from Hull City according to BBC Sport in 2017, and since then the Scottish left-back has established himself as one of the best fullbacks in the Premier League as he was named in the most recent PFA Team of the Year, and if Kruse signed for Liverpool, there was a chance the German could have been another good bargain signing for Jurgen Klopp.
Comparing Kruse and Roberto Firmino’s stats via WhoScored, the German striker had more goal involvements in league play than the Brazilian striker as the 31-year-old scored or assisted 20 goals last season compared to the Liverpool attacker’s 18.
Kruse also made more shots per game at 2.8 compared to Firmino’s 2.2 per game, as well as making 2.6 key passes per game compared to the Brazilian’s 1.3 per game. The German attacker was also fouled more often than the Liverpool attacker at 1 foul per game compared to the 27-year-olds 0.3 fouls won per game.
As a back-up alongside both Firmino and Divock Origi, Kruse might have been ideal. After all, the Daily Mail claimed in May that the club had opted against entering the race for Matthijs De Ligt in order to focus on signing a versatile attacker, a role the man in question seems suited for. Indeed, alongside his 17 appearances as a central striker, he also appeared 13 times as an attacking midfielder, as well as being deployed on both flanks across the course of the season.
For a free signing, Kruse would have been a decent option to bring to Anfield next season and might have continued Klopp’s impressive streak of bringing in talent to Liverpool on the cheap in a market where transfer fees are becoming more inflated with every window — something CIES Football Observatory highlighted a while ago.
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