Following the deal taking Luis Suarez to the Spanish capital, Liverpool now find themselves with £75million but a big gap to fill. The club have made four signings so far this summer in Southampton duo Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, midfielder Emre Can and Benfica winger Lazar Markovic but they will likely still need to find a genuine replacement for the Uruguayan - not only his goals but the creativity he contributed to the Reds' attacking play.
The Reds have been linked with interest in Alexis Sanchez who signed for Arsenal last week in a £35million deal with Barcelona, and the Merseyside giants have also been linked with interest in Swansea striker Wilfried Bony but could it be possible there is already a perfect replacement for Suarez's creativity ready and waiting in the Bundesliga?
Arsenal were heavily linked with interest in Julian Draxler in January this year and, by all accounts, Arsene Wenger rated the 20-year-old Germany attacker very highly indeed but was not prepared to meet Schalke’s valuation of the player. We know that the forward, who can play anywhere across the attacking lines such is his immense talent, has a release clause that can be activated this summer of around £37 million.
There are not that many clubs in Europe who can afford £37million but the club that just had a cash injection of £75million could quite easily buy two Julian Draxlers should they be inclined.
Now that Arsenal have signed Alexis Sanchez, they have no requirement for Draxler who would be a perfect fit for Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers in my estimation.
Luis Suarez scored 31 goals and provided 12 assists for Liverpool last term, achieving a pass-completion rate of 74.8% with 53% of his shots hitting the target. Draxler is seven years Suarez’s junior and while he hasn’t reached the prolific scorer levels of Suarez just yet there is every reason to believe he could and will in the future.
His best season yet at Schalke saw him score 10 goals and provide three assists in the 2012/13 Bundesliga season. But his pass-completion rate is higher than Suarez’s at 84.5% and 42% of his shots hit the target last term which is down on his previous season which saw him achieve a massive 74% of his shots on target.
By the time he reaches the age of 21 or 22 Draxler could very well be as dangerous, effective and prolific as Suarez, especially under a manger who is such an advocate of youth as Rodgers and what’s more, he is available for half the value of Suarez and could be a future Premier League star.