Stefan Kiessling would never have expected the fallout from his phantom goal against Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga, when his header clearly missed the post before settling into the net, with the referee awarding Bayer Leverkusen the goal.
It’s created quite a bit of controversy in Germany, with some sections of the media and supporters calling for a replay between the two teams, as the goal was decisive in a 2-1 win for Leverkusen.
German newspaper Bild reports that Kiessling has been made to endure threats and attacks over the internet, he’s locked his Facebook page and his family suffers alongside him as he’s become the villain of German football at the moment.
On the subject of receiving death threats through the post he says; “Put it this way, it was borderline.”
A report in the Independent has also suggested that the German media use Kiessling as a scapegoat and an example when it comes to criticising Joachim Low for his handling of the German national team.
That appears to only add to the negativity felt by some towards the striker, making his life even more difficult.
The whole matter could ironically work in Liverpool’s favour if Brendan Rodgers is still interested in him. The Premier League offers Kiessling a way out of Germany and the apparent hell that he’s currently being made to suffer through his association with German football.
His current deal with Bayer Leverkusen doesn’t expire until the summer of 2017 but Liverpool are in a position where they could make a good bid for the player and they enjoy that natural link with Leverkusen boss Sami Hyypia, who remains a popular figure at Anfield.
Top flight, high profile footballers endure criticism and negativity all the time but when it starts to switch focus onto the player’s family, that has the ability to change the mindset of a player very quickly.
Kiessling is one of the unluckiest strikers in Germany and not just because he’s suffering for a mistake, which wasn’t his fault.
He’s arguably one of the most underused forwards in the history of German football and a new chance, a new project and a new way of life could become very appealing to him if the abuse continues.
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