Following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool manager, there has been much discussion in the press about who has been lined up to replace the Northern Irishman.
It came as little surprise to many that Rodgers left the club after a poor start to the season, but it is still unclear as to who will succeed him.
Carlo Ancelotti and Jurgen Klopp are two managers out of contract who have been linked with the job, though the latter currently stands as the big favourite to land the job. One possibility worth pondering, though, is if the German boss does take the reigns at Anfield, would any of his former Borussia Dortmund players be willing to join him?
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Last season, Klopp's side looked almost like a bunch of misfits who hadn't played together before, finishing the season in a disappointing seventh. Marco Reus, Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan all opted to stay at the Bundesliga giants despite mass interest from Europe's giants in the summer of 2014, yet could not help Dortmund find form throughout a hit-and-miss season.
Some people criticised Klopp for the failed season, saying that he could not use the same system for three successive seasons and have it still function. However, it is important to remember that two of their players left the club in the summers prior to the 2014/15 season.
The loss of star attacking players will always leave a lasting impact on a team's goal output, and it was visible that players like Reus and Gundogan were lacklustre without the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze to support them.
So what does this all mean for Liverpool, then? While both Dortmund and the Reds are competing in the Europa League this season, the Germans have made a great start to their Bundesliga and European campaigns, whereas Liverpool have drawn their first two Europa games and are largely struggling to find their feet domestically.
Dortmund, though, are a team similarly in transition, which raises the intriguing thought of whether Klopp's presence as manager could convince one of his former stars to join him.
Mats Hummels, a ball-playing center back who has been at the core of the Dortmund defense for six seasons now, is exactly what Liverpool could use right now. Their three main central defenders are clearly not up to top-six standard, especially Dejan Lovren, who has failed to string together two good games since his arrival from Southampton in 2014.
The creative talents of Reus and Gundogan, on the other hand, would also be welcome on Merseyside, given that their respective wingers and central midfielders have failed to impress.
If Klopp is really going to join the Reds, one can't help but think that he should use his relations with Dortmund to lure some of their players to Anfield.
Perhaps Sokratis Papastathopoulos or Matthias Ginter could be options, too, but Hummels, Reus and Gundogan are world-class players capable of transforming the fortunes on Merseyside, and undoubtedly players that Liverpool, given the size of the club that they are, should be looking at.
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