€14.5m summer Liverpool target scores another free-kick

Bayer Fans

Hakan Calhanoglu is really in fine for Bayer Leverkusen at the moment.

Liverpool made plenty of changes this summer. But one player they were keen on, but in the end did not sign, was Hakan Calhanoglu. They may wish they had snapped him up after recent form.

The Turkish international spent last season at Bundesliga side Hamburg SV.

Dubbed the 'next Ozil' the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Bayern Munich were all rumoured to be keen on the player.

But Brendan Rodgers personally watched him play with Calhanoglu saying of Liverpool's interest:

"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.”

In the end he stayed in Germany. After an ugly transfer saga he joined Bundesliga rivals Bayer Leverkusen in a €14.5 million deal.

And in the past couple of weeks he has certainly shown Liverpool what they are missing out on.

Last week he set up both goals as Leverkusen beat Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League.

At the weekend he scored the only goal as Bayer defeated Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga 1-0 - with a sensational Beckham-like free kick doing the trick against the team from Gelsenkirchen.

Last night he was at it again. This time in the German DFB Pokal against FC Magdeburg.

Calhanoglu got the ball rolling in this game. His dipping and swerving free-kick left Jan Glinker looking embarrassed as Bayer took a third minute lead against the German fourth tier side. It was his second goal in three games, to add to his two assists in the same period.

In the end Bayer needed penalties to overcome their plucky opposition - but for Calhanoglu it was yet another eye-catching performance.

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