As Liverpool continue to underachieve, Brendan Rodgers could bring Borrusia Dortmund winger Kevin Grosskreutz to Anfield in an attempt to change the fortunes at the club. According to the Mirror, Liverpool scouts attended Dortmund’s 4-1 thrashing of Ajax in the Champions League to asses the midfielder’s abilities.
Grosskreutz has played in 13 of Dortmund’s 14 league games this season but has started or finished on the bench in 10 of those games. With the likes of Mario Gotze, Marco Reus and Jakub Blaszczykowski as competition for Grosskreutz’s position, it’s no wonder he is struggling to get a first 11 start in every game.
Borrusia Dortmund have been awe-inspiring in this season’s Champions League competition, powering through the infamous ‘group of death’ (Group D) as outright winners even before the final group games have been played. Grosskreutz also played a full 90 minutes in the highlight of Dortmund’s season so far – a 2-1 win over European giants Real Madrid. Plaudits for the German club having been plentiful this season and Grosskreutz has had no small part to play in Dortmund’s rise in European status.
Grosskreutz may be on a few clubs’ transfer wish lists in January but I personally don’t see Liverpool as a likely destination for the player. One massive factor for this is Liverpool’s lack of Champions League football. If Dortmund continue their good form, they could reach the quater or semi-finals of the Champions League (maybe even the final with a bit of luck).
They are also currently 2nd in the Bundesliga and look likely to be involved in the Champions League again next season. Liverpool are in 11th place in the Premier League and could find themselves without any European football next season whatsoever unless Brendan Rodgers can find a way to turn things around. If Grosskreutz has any sense, he will know that playing a healthy part-time role for a Champions League side is better than a full-time role for a mid-table team.
The other factor that could dissuade Grosskreutz moving to any other club, not just Liverpool, is that he is a lifelong Borrusia Dortmund fan, having grown up in the Dortmund area. It is becoming more and more unusual for footballers to spend their whole careers at one club in modern football but with such strong ties to Dortmund, Grosskreutz could be one of the few players to break the mold.