Liverpool have joined the chase for Bundesliga striker Kevin Volland who plays as a forward for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and has previously represented the German under-19 national team.
The 21 year old German has enjoyed a fantastic start to the season netting 8 goals and bagging 4 assists for the club in all competitions this season. His estimated value is somewhere around 12 million pounds.
An astute, strong and versatile forward, Volland can play out on the wings or in the middle. He can drop deep in the No.10 role if required to play behind another striker. His playing position and style could be likened to Arsenal’s Theo Walcott, only he is deemed better and more gifted.
Hoffenheim has clearly struggled in recent years, barely able to stay afloat in the top flight last year, and Volland was instrumental in that, scoring six goals, a tally which was only bettered by seven goal scorer Sehad Salihovic’s.
Volland’s movement and skills on the ball make him a menace to face, and at 21 he is only bound to develop his game further and become an even bigger threat.
Bundesliga pundits believe that the youngster might even emerge in Germany’s World Cup plans next season if he continues his present form.
Liverpool have become the fifth Premier League sides who wants to land the German’s signature, joining Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea. However, it appears as Liverpool and Arsenal who are most serious about his signature.
The Liverpool side will want to land the young forward after injury to Daniel Sturridge. Iago Aspas remains out of favour and Rodgers will be keen to rope in the 1860 Munich product.
THT Verdict: Not Likely
Although it seems like an ideal signing for the Merseyside club, it appears as though this one may not materialize. The 21 year old German forward is precious to Hoffenheim’s plans and the Bundesliga will not want to sell their talisman, at least in the middle of the season. Volland too might want to stay at a club where he is guarenteed a start in every game, so that he may feature for Germany in the World Cup next year. However, of all the clubs pursuing him, Liverpool does seem like a perfect fit.