Liverpool linked striker enduring 'greatest crisis' in Germany

Stefan Kiessling isn't going through a positive patch at Bayer Leverkusen.

Long term Liverpool target Stefan Kiessling is in his greatest ever goal crisis according to German newspaper Bild.

The Bayer Leverkusen centre forward is going through a dry patch having managed just one goal in his last 12 performances which is getting close to Fernando Torres territory at Chelsea.

“Only a single hit in the last 12 competitive games, to Bayer with four embarrassing defeats in a row. Leverkusen’s top striker Stefan Kiessling in his greatest goal crisis,” reads the opening of Bild’s report.

The player linked with coming in at Anfield to support Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge has admirably held his hands up to the whole situation, making light of some suggestions that he could go to the World Cup with Germany this summer.

“It is long ago that it was so bad for us. There is nothing to gloss over. The only positive thing about my situation and the goal drought is that the talk about a nomination by Jogi Löw for the World Cup,” said the player.

So have Liverpool dodged a bullet? That’s probably a bit harsh because Kiessling remains a very good centre forward and all strikers go through spells where they struggle to score goals frequently.

Bayer Leverkusen currently find themselves camped in the Champions League place but almost 20 points behind Bayern Munich in the title race and he doesn’t have to force a move away because his contract doesn’t expire until 2017.

If Liverpool move for him in the summer, it’s likely to be off the back of a turnaround in form.

Brendan Rodgers has made forward thinking and sensible additions to his squad since he took over and Kiessling could be a superb back up striker to come into a Liverpool side, likely to secure a Champions League place.

However, if his goal drought doesn’t end and affects him over the second half of the season, don’t expect reports of Liverpool’s interest to start re-appearing.

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