Calhanoglu says it is 'a great honour' to have Liverpool boss Rodgers watching him

Imtech Arena interior - Hamburger SV - Hamburg

Hakan Calhanoglu seems happy with the links suggesting a move to Liverpool could be on in the summer.

This week it was revealed that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was already planning for next season’s assault on the Premier League by heading out to Germany on a scouting mission.

It is believed that one of the players he was taking a keen interest in was Turkish international Hakan Calhanoglu of Hamburg SV.

He has been one of the only shining lights in a woeful campaign for HSV which sees them battling relegation at the wrong end of the Bundesliga table - it would be the first time they suffered relegation to the second tier of German football.

With that in mind German paper Bild spoke to Calhanoglu, who has also been linked with Arsenal, this week to ask him what his ‘five commandments’ were for staying in the Bundesliga.

But they also sneaked in a question about the apparent Liverpool interest.

Here is what Calhanoglu said:

"A great honour for me when a coach of such a great club is watching me. This is encouraging in a relegation battle. [However] only the successful relegation is currently important to me.”

He recently signed a new deal with the club but if HSV are relegated it is hard to see a player this talented hanging around.

Not forgetting that Hamburg might have to sell.

They are currently facing crippling debts and relegation could see them having to sell off many of their most valuable assets - including Calhanoglu.

With a four horse race for relegation between them Freiburg, Eintracht Braunscweig and FC Nurnberg - of which only three points separates 15th to bottom - they could easily slip out of the league.

At which point we might just see the ‘new Ozil’ in Liverpool red.

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