With Liverpool looking to put a below-par season behind them, we take a look at seven players that could potentially reignite Liverpool’s Champions League bid from one of the greatest leagues in the world.
The Bundesliga in Germany has begun to soar in popularity over the last few years, with brilliant young talent coming from the league in Julian Draxler, Mario Gotze, Andre Schurrle and Marco Reus - as well as the wealth of experience with the likes of Philipp Lahm, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.
The Bundesliga is seen as the best league in the world based on the football they play, and their financial situation is in significantly better shape than their La Liga and Premier League rivals.
So, where better for Brendan Rodgers to look as the Bundesliga continues to grow and breed fresh, young players that could help the Liverpool side in various positions? Which six players should he consider? Let’s take a look . . .
RENE ADLER, HAMBURGER SV
The goalkeeping position is one where Liverpool are most uncertain on, with Pepe Reina having established himself as Liverpool’s number one ever since 2005 - no goalkeeper has come close to taking over.
Although Reina is a fantastic goalkeeper, Rodgers has reportedly been looking to replace the Spanish goalkeeper and Rene Adler is a top candidate.
MARC-ANDRE TER STEGEN, BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH
If Rodgers is serious about offloading Reina and opts to go for a younger option, there is no better alternative than ter Stegen. He is only 20-years-old and one of the brightest prospects in world football, shown by the fact that FC Barcelona are interested in his services.
He has been compared to the legendary Oliver Kahn, and rightfully so because he is that good, and very dedicated too having lost two front teeth in a collision on the training pitch.
If Reina will be sold, then I don’t see a better option than ter Stegen and Liverpool would have one for the immediate and long-term future.
BENEDIKT HOWEDES, SCHALKE
The defence is a complicated situation for Liverpool fans. They do possess the talent but with Jamie Carragher retiring and Martin Skrtel’s future uncertain, Liverpool don’t have the solid pairing that other Premier League clubs have.
They do need to work on it - Daniel Agger, Sebastian Coates and Skrtel are great defenders but haven’t proven their worth. That is where Howedes comes in.
The Bundesliga has some top defenders, but a realistic option for the Reds will be Howedes, who is similar to Carragher and is a leader on the pitch.
LARS BENDER, BAYER LEVERKUSEN
Perhaps the most ambitious name on the list. Whether Bender would want to leave Leverkusen for a team barely threatening to take a Champions League spot, we do not know. But this is where Liverpool’s fantastic history comes into play, and no matter what the situation is they will always remain one of the greatest teams in the world.
He has been very impressive for Leverkusen and is a player who would fit right into the Liverpool side where the team could be built around him, as he can hold up the play and tackle perfectly, which obviously balances a strong attack for Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez. If Liverpool want to show the world that they are still a force to be reckoned with, signing Bender would be a good start.
JULIAN DRAXLER, SCHALKE
At only 19-years-old, it is scary to think what Draxler has already achieved having played for the German national team and made over 100 appearances for Schalke.
Draxler is only one of the many top young talents in Germany and it is only as matter of time before a big club comes knocking - Liverpool should really make a go of luring the young German to Anfield.
He is a real presence in the middle, great passing, vision and the ability to score goals - understandably he will not come cheap but if Liverpool want to return to their former glory, they really need to take the risk that can propel them back into Champions League action.
HEUNG-MIN SON, HAMBURGER SV
The final name on the list comes in the form of Hamburger forward Heung-Min Son, who has been touted to join some of England’s top clubs with Arsenal and Tottenham interested in the South Korean.
Son has the ability to play on either wing and also up front, and without Suarez or Sturridge, the depth is not there as Fabio Borini has been injured for the majority of the season.
Even if and when Andy Carroll returns, Son can be used as a winger which is what Liverpool should look to do, as many fans want Stewart Downing out. Son, at only 20-years-old, could work wonders for Liverpool.
What do you Liverpool fans think? Should your team sign any of the six Bundesliga talents? Have your say below.
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