Liverpool have shown interest in Werder Bremen striker Max Kruse according to German outlet Sport Bild. The 29-year-old striker has also been a subject of interest from arch rivals Manchester United as reported by the Sun, early in June.
Former Manchester United player Morgan Schneiderlin in action with Wolfsburg's Max Kruse
The report, however, details that Kruse had a release clause in his contract (of £10 million) which has since expired allowing the Germans to name their price for potential suitors. Werder Bremen manager Frank Baumann admitted to Sport Bild that his star striker could depart during the summer, "There’s no guarantee - you only get a guarantee with Tupperware", he said.
Kruse scored 15 goals in 23 appearances last season in the Bundesliga. Included in this was a unique 11 game goal scoring streak towards the end of last season, which garnered a lot of raised eyebrows and helped Bremen to an eighth placed finish.
An archetypical modern centerforward, the German international is good with and without the ball. His goalscoring ability is well complemented by his dribbling and set-piece ability, traits which bode well if Liverpool indeed bid for the striker.
Liverpool are in the market for a central defender and a midfielder, but another striker could be key if they are to challenge for the Premier League. With Daniel Sturridge plagued by injury problems, and the duo of Divock Origi and Dominic Solanke still raw, a striker who guarantees goals could represent shrewd business for the Merseyside giants.
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp