According to a recent report by the Daily Star, Liverpool have opened talks with Werder Bremen forward Max Kruse over a potential move to Anfield when his contract with the Bundesliga outfit expires later this summer. The same source has mentioned that the Reds are eager to recruit the 31-year-old on a free transfer but will face stiff competition from the likes of Bayern Munich, Roma and Fenerbache in pursuit of the German striker in this offseason.
Kruse’s Brilliant Career In German Football
The Reinfeld born frontman has experienced another fruitful season with Bremen after putting in several goal-scoring performances under Florian Kohfeldt’s tutelage during the recently concluded Bundesliga campaign. Kruse also has a wealth of experience in German football but might be tempted to take up a new challenge in a different league this summer.
The ex-Freiburg goal-getter has featured in 36 matches for the German side this term, registering 12 goals while providing 14 assists across all competitions. He has also represented Germany in 14 international matches while scoring four goals for them so far.
Kruse is versatile enough to operate as an out and out centre-forward up front or play in a more reserved attacking midfield role in the number 10 position. Hence, he could be an excellent squad player under Jurgen Klopp if the Reds can convince the striker to make a switch to Anfield during the summer transfer window.
What Will The Bundesliga Goal-Scorer Add To Klopp’s Team?
Kruse struggles to make runs behind the opposition backline, but he can still be a very effective dribbler with the ball from midfield. He can interchange passes with his teammates quite accurately in the offensive end of the field. The German striker is also a dangerous presence inside the opposition penalty area and can find the back of the net consistently when firing on all cylinders up top.
The addition of Kruse on a free transfer will be fantastic, low-risk signing for Klopp as he looks to build a strong team capable of challenging on all fronts next season. At 31, the Bundesliga sensation still has a few good years left in his locker to play at the highest level. Furthermore, Kruse should not have any complaints playing second fiddle to Roberto Firmino at Anfield.
He is not only good enough to compete with Firmino for the right to lead the line in Klopp’s first-team but will also bolster the overall depth of the Liverpool squad.