Liverpool may have spotted a long term investment for the future in the form of a 17-year-old German player.
One of the great things about Brendan Rodgers’ current Liverpool is the faith in youth he has and the way the club is not afraid to invest in teenagers at very early ages, effectively gambling that they will one day graduate into the senior side and reward that faith.
Sinan Kurt is one such player, a 17-year-old versatile attacking player for Borussia Monchengladbach, who has been compared to Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund, so he must have some talent.
One of the main reasons he could be a superb signing for Liverpool, and ultimately a replacement for Gerrard, is the fact he’s so versatile.
He has the ability to play as a number ten striker, in the hole behind a more advanced number nine, but he can also play at the top of the midfield as an attacking or creative midfielder, driving his team forward.
Should Liverpool take the gamble and decide to offer a lot of cash for him, to try and hold off the interest of the other clubs interested, then that means he’ll have more than one way to help out the youth teams and eventually more ways for him to get into the Liverpool first team.
He has already been involved in the Germany national team’s youth setup, currently named in the Under-17 side, which shows he’s been subjected to a very high level of pressure already at a young age.
That should help to ease any fears that Liverpool fans or officials have over his potential to settle into life in England quickly and it gives him a better chance of being effective in a very competitive youth team setup at Anfield.
There are potential problems in Liverpool’s pursuit which they will have to stay on top of if they are going to get their man.
One is the issue of Arsenal’s apparent interest. The Gunners can offer him the chance to work with Arsene Wenger, a manager world famous for being able to take young and underdeveloped players, turning them into superstars worth tens of millions of pounds.
The other problem is the calibre of some of the other sides apparently keeping one eye on him. One of those clubs is Paris Saint-Germain, a team with a substantial amount of cash at their disposal.
PSG could blow Liverpool out of the water in a financial sense but fingers crossed Kurt isn’t a player who is motivated by cash throughout his career.
If he’s looking for a club that will offer him a chance to play competitive football at all levels, in a Development Squad which will make him a better player, then there are few better clubs for Liverpool and as far as they’re concerned, any player who could be minutely as effective as Gerrard has been has to be worth an investment.
What do you think? Would he be a good signing for Liverpool? Do they have any hope of getting him?