Kevin Volland was linked with a whole host of Premier League clubs back in December, with Liverpool among those most regularly name-checked.
In the end, the Reds’ January transfer business instead focused on the ultimately fruitless pursuit of Yevhen Konoplyanka, while Volland’s form took a considerable dip.
The £12million-rated right-winger scored four goals and provided two assists in his first five Bundesliga matches of this campaign. And by the time he was being linked with Liverpool he had eight goals and four assists in all competitions.
And then came the mini-drought, with the 21-year-old German failing to find the net from the 14 December until the 15 February. That two month period is slightly misleading given the winter break, but Volland had lost his prolific moniker.
That was until Saturday’s match against VFB Stuttgart, in which Volland scored the second of Hoffenheim’s four goals in a 4-1 victory.
While Volland plays predominantly on the right, he is actually left-footed, so if Liverpool fail in any future move for Konoplyanka they could yet make a bid for the young German.
But for now he will simply enjoy the fact he is back on the scoring trail. And the rest will come naturally.
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