Jurgen Klopp's 2014 comments might explain Liverpool's Max Kruse links

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool celebrates following his sides victory in the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United at Anfield on December 16, 2018 in...

Premier League runners-up Liverpool reportedly want to raid Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen for captain Max Kruse.

Manager of Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp looks dejected after the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield on May 12, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Claims that Liverpool are hoping to sign Max Kruse on a free might have sent shock waves through the Anfield faithful – but it really shouldn’t have.

According to Sport1, the Premier League runners-up are looking to bring the veteran forward to Merseyside once his contract at Werder Bremen runs out this summer.

 

Considering that Liverpool have made a habit of signing young, up-and-coming players such as Mo Salah, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Andy Robertson means Kruse, at 31, is something of a left field transfer target.

But Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has been a big admirer of the Germany international for a long time now. In fact, Klopp named Kruse as the best player anywhere in the Bundesliga at the end of the 2013/14 season, when he was the coach of Borussia Dortmund and the forward was leading the line for rivals Monchengladbach.

Max Kruse of Werder Bremen celebrate after the Bundesliga match between SV Werder Bremen and 1. FSV Mainz 05 at Weserstadion on March 30, 2019 in Bremen, Germany.

“Max Kruse – to be honest there's no alternative,” Klopp told DW when asked to pick his Player of the Season ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

Five years on, however, Kruse is now a much more mature and well-rounded footballer. He has been in the form of his life since joining Bremen from Wolfsburg in 2016. In 93 games, he has scored or assisted 65 goals from his withdrawn number ten role.

Kruse isn’t the typical Liverpool signing but it is no wonder they are breaking the mould for one of Klopp’s favourites.

Max Kruse (C) of Werder Bremen celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Bundesliga match between SV Werder Bremen and 1. FSV Mainz 05 at Weserstadion on March 30, 2019 in...

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