Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants to strengthen his team next season and has targeted Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle as a possible addition.
Liverpool are said to be preparing a surprising move for Chelsea attacker Andre Schurrle according to reports.
The 23 year old has now adjusted to life on the wings, which many regard as his ‘main position’. However, he is more naturally poised as a secondary striker. This goes on to show that the player can be utilized in many positions. Liverpool have struggled to get anyone impressive on the left wing, as deals for both Mohamed Salah and Yevhen Konoplyanka both failed to materialize in the summer. Victor Moses, who was brought in on loan from Chelsea on loan, has failed to impress.
Schurrle has been rated very highly, ever since his Bayer Leverkusen days. The German international is a great attacker with a particular knack for counter-attacks. His effectiveness in counters was evident in his Bayer days. Schurrle is a good finisher too and has seven goals in the league this season.
The 23 year old initially struggled for form, which could also be pinned down upon the lack of first team action he got. However, he has found his feet recently, as he scored a hat-trick away at Fulham and netted during his side’s 6-0 demolishing of Arsenal last month.
Chelsea brought in the attacker from Leverkusen for £18m last June and it will take a similar fee for Liverpool to get the player to Anfield, as the London side would not want to be in losses for the negotiation of the talented player.
THT Verdict: A Possibility
We can’t rule this transfer out as it seems to be benefiting all three parties. However, this could only happen if the Reds agree on paying a sum in a region around the said £18m.
Liverpool would want a player like Schurrle- someone who can make those key passes and can also find the back of the net. In the attacking prowess of the Merseyside club, the only void which has to be treated by a makeshift player in all matches, is that left winger spot. Sterling can play on either flanks but is more effective on the right. Coutinho too, is better playing centrally rather that on the left side. Sturridge, if employed on the wing, is better on the right. In any case, both Suarez and Sturridge thrive up front. Therefore the left winger spot should be filled in the summer, with or without the Chelsea man.
Schurrle has all the credentials to be that man for the Anfield outfit. He is young, still has time to reach the peak of his career and has already adjusted to the Premier League style. Chelsea too, should not have much problem sending him away as their entire side is full of attacking midfielders. The addition of Mohamed Salah in the winter means that they would be without a player if they let the German go.
Hence, this seems like a transfer that could materialize, especially since it seems to benefit all parties.