Mesut Ozil and Germany duo can't head a ball

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Germany have a number of 'unbelievably skilled players' but claims that a number of the national team's forward players can't head a ball. 

In fact, Klopp has highlighted the German trio of Andre Schurrle, Mesut Ozil and Marco Reus, claiming that they had to move into midfield due to their need of finding more space.

The technically gifted trio have all enjoyed fine careers, but it appears that Klopp has recognised their heading ability - or lack of it - as their main weakness. 


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Speaking as part of a discussion hosted by Subway, as per, Klopp said: "Now [in Germany], we have so many unbelievably skilled players and not one of these offensive players can make a header. It's like we forgot it.

"Tall players, like Schurrle, Ozil, Reus, they are all like six foot, a good size, for an offensive player.

Moving into midfield 

"They were strikers and they thought 'ah, okay, no header', bam, 'I need a little bit of space', bam, position moves back."

To an extent, it's difficult to disagree with Klopp's notion that a number of Germany's technically gifted stars aren't very good in the air. 

But does that really matter? Ozil, for example, may well struggle in the air, but he has other attributes to make up for that. His class and ability with the ball at his feet makes him one of the deadliest playmakers in the game.

Understandably, Arsenal fans have appreciated his talent throughout the course of the campaign - he has 18 assists and five goals in 28 league games - and they will be hoping to see him lead the side to the Premier League title.  

Arsenal credentials 

But Arsenal's title hopes are fading. The Gunners currently sit as many as 11 points behind table-toppers Leicester City and they are running out of time to overhaul their rivals. 

The club's recent run just hasn't been good enough and they have failed to come to prominence at the required time. At this stage, Tottenham, who sit in second place, have a far greater chance of winning the title. Now that really would hurt Arsene Wenger and co. at the Emirates. 

The truth of the matter is that, despite Ozil's class, Arsenal have seemingly thrown away their greatest chance of finally ending their title drought. 

With the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and even Klopp's Liverpool expected to come back stronger next season, it's only going to get harder for them. 

What do you make of Klopp's comments on Ozil and his Germany teammates? Have your say below! 


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