The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern have been absolutely delighted with the captivating performances of their attacking trio Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino so far this season, but recent reports have given them reason to believe a shake-up to the front-line is imminent.
According to reports in The Daily Mirror, Tottenham are monitoring the situation of Marco Reus after negotiations regarding a new contract at Borussia Dortmund stalled in recent days. However, the report also claims that Spurs will face competition for his signature from Liverpool, which is hardly surprising given Jurgen Klopp’s history of working with the German international.
However, Klopp must discard all feelings of romanticism when weighing up a move for Reus and consider that his acquisition may not be in the best interests of the clubs long-term progress. First of all, it is crucial to note that Reus has spent more time off the field than on it in the past two seasons due to a variety of injury problems which have served to plague his footballing career.
In the 2016/17 season, Reus (valued at £25.2m by Transfermarkt) made only 17 appearances in the Bundesliga as he struggled to maintain a consistent run in Dortmund’s first-team, but things have gone from bad to worse in the current campaign. Reus only returned to first-team action for the first time since recovering from a cruciate ligament injury on the 10th of February, but it is pleasing to note that he has played a significant role in all 5 of his fixtures since then, scoring two goals in the process.
Although the early signs are positive for Reus upon his return, his history is far from convincing, so Liverpool would be wise to hold off bidding for the 28-year-old until he has proven his fitness over a long period of time. But the major concern for Klopp relates to the form of his red-hot front-three players, namely Salah, Firmino and Mane, as Reus’ arrival could upset the rhythm they are currently enjoying at the club.
The aforementioned trio have been in sensational form for The Reds in recent weeks and their performances suggest Liverpool could be set for a title-challenge next season. Strength in depth will be absolutely necessary for the club to compete at the summit of the Premier League, but Klopp needs to be shrewd with who he targets to provide back-up for his attacking players.
The signing of a young player with potential to grow and break into the first-team would be more advisable than signing an established star such as Reus, who would undoubtedly expect to start every game ahead of one of either Mane, Firmino or Salah. Liverpool’s front-three have the quality to enable the club to challenge Manchester City for the title next season, so Klopp should abandon his pursuit of Reus and instead focus on supplementing his forward line with a younger, less established talent in the summer.