Borussia Dortmund could do Liverpool a huge favour

Christian Eriksen

Borussia Dortmund could be about to do Liverpool a massive favour in relation to Ajax’s Christian Eriksen.

The latest reports are suggesting that the German giants will go after Eriksen this summer, in a bid to fill the hole which is being created by the departure of Mario Gotze to Bayern Munich.

Liverpool have been linked with Eriksen for virtually the entire season and Dortmund’s interest in him could ironically give Brendan Rodgers some relief from an otherwise massive headache.

It’s been well publicised that Liverpool don’t have a lot of cash to spend this summer, which means wherever possible, they are going to have to conserve funds to try and get their first choice targets.

Eriksen would do a similar job in the current Liverpool team, which is currently being provided by Steven Gerrard and Philippe Coutinho.

That suggests his arrival at the club wouldn’t be solving a problem or improving the side, it would simply be a measure to provide competition to other similar midfielders in the current squad.

If Dortmund eradicate the chance of Eriksen signing for Liverpool by signing him on a long term deal, it allows Rodgers to focus on securing a midfielder who can add something different to the current side.

Victor Wanyama could still be on the move this summer, with Liverpool one of the Premier League teams reported to be interested in him.

Wanyama is nowhere near as skilful a midfield player as Eriksen but he would have a very different role in the side; he’d be that enforcer, that protector in front of the back four, allowing the more creative players to get forward and do what they do best.

At the moment, Liverpool don’t have anyone like that in their current squad which has increased the pressure on the back four when Rodgers’ side have come up against teams that have put them under a lot of pressure.

Rodgers seems to be adopting a very similar transfer pattern to Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United; he will not sign players unless they add something different to what he already has.

If Dortmund sign Eriksen then it helps Liverpool because it removes the temptation which would have been created by the Dane’s availability. It also prevents him from joining one of Liverpool’s main rivals next season.

The only reason Liverpool may still try and go after Eriksen in the fact of the competition for him and the fact he doesn’t give them anything new, is them possibly seeing him as a long term replacement for someone like Gerrard.

However, if that’s the case then Eriksen would never agree to a move in the first place and there is no way that Rodgers will use him ahead of someone with the quality and experience of Gerrard.

Where do you think Liverpool will add to their midfield? Do you think they will at all?

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