35 games in 3 seasons - Liverpool should avoid injury-prone reported target Kyriakos Papadopoulos

The Schalke 04 owned defender has had a torrid time with injuries over the years.

This week the Express reported that German paper Bild had claimed Liverpool were interested in snapping up a bargain deal for Schalke 04’s Greek defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos.

The report claimed that Liverpool would be able to snap up the talented defender for a fee in the region of just £5 million.

Schalke have just signed Matija Nastasic from Manchester City, which leaves Papadopoulos in an uphill battle for first-team football when he returns from a loan spell with Bayer Leverkusen.

At just 23-years-old it seems like a no-brainer, but where is the catch?

People have been discussing the talent of this lad for years now yet so far, he has failed to show any sort of consistent level of performance.

That is down mainly to his appalling injury record.

Papadopoulos first picked up a serious knee injury in 2012, tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Since that injury, and over the course of three seasons, the Greek lad has managed just 35 appearances across all competitions – that is not even a full Premier League season.

On the one hand Liverpool would be getting a cheap and talented defender with plenty of time to blossom into a world beating defender. On the other, they would likely be throwing £5 million on a player who has one of the worst injury records going.

Liverpool should surely steer well clear.

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