The Metro report today that Liverpool have identified their replacement for Jamie Carragher in the form of Schalke 04 defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos. This rumour is of course nothing new but they go as far to say that The Reds have actually made an official bid for the Greek star believed to be worth £12 million.
This fee is unlikely to be enough for Schalke to part with their star defender and they will be looking for a fee closer to the £19 million buy-out clause in his contract.
This should be an exciting time for Liverpool. The 21-year-old defender is undoubtedly very talented and has all the properties of a defender capable of stepping into the illustrious boots of JC.
But it remains an odd move when you consider other reports coming out today surrounding the Greek international; he is injured.
He suffered a serious knee injury in November 2012 and has not played a single game in 2013 as he recovers from three operations in that time period.
And it appears he has suffered another setback in his recovery; after it was reported he had flown back to Greece to continue treatment with his personal physiotherapist rather than train with the club.
His agent assures fans that he will be back training ASAP and should be available for the 27th of July farewell match for former Schalke player Raul against his new team Al-Sadd.
But there are now fears he is not as injured as we are led to believe; but rather this is a ploy to help him complete his long mooted switch to Merseyside.
But despite this the logic in signing a player currently out injured still, who has not played a single game since the turn of the year and has spent more time under the knife then my Sunday Roast dinner; and at the whopping price Schalke reportedly want appears twisted.
Liverpool should certainly be concerned that at such a young age he has to have a personal physician on hand just to manage hi injury woes.
Surely Liverpool would do better to take their money elsewhere?
Would you gamble on Papadopoulos?
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