Liverpool Transfer News: Reds Chase Martin Jansen
In what has turned out to be probably, the lengthiest pursuit of an able left-back to fill the problematic position for Liverpool, the experienced Marcell Jansen is the talk of the town, today.
The catastrophic failure of the Roy Hodgson signing Paul Konchesky and the recurring injuries to Fabio Aurelio and Daniel Agger have led Dalglish and co. to realise the importance of a first-choice experienced left-back. Hamburg’s Marcell Jansen fits the bill perfectly, having been capped 36 times by Germany and has the vital experience of 2006 & 2010 FIFA World Cups under his belt. The 25-year old can operate both as a left-back and left-winger, which will further add to his value and importance for the club.
After having failed in the pursuit of Gael Clichy and with Jose Enrique holding out for a move to Arsenal, it seems that the vastly experienced 25-year old German may be the final piece in the puzzle for the Merseysiders. Jansen is known as an attacking full-back who would not only provide aid in quick counter-attacks but his darting runs along the left flank can stifle any defence in the world.
The reported £8million pursuit may turn out to be a bargain for the Reds, especially with Jansen’s wealth of experience in Bundesliga at a relatively young age. The Reds need to plug this defensive flaw in their team setup after having tried as many as five players in that position last season, ranging from Paul Konchesky (now at Leicester City) to Fabio Aurelio, Jack Robinson, Glen Johnson and Danny Wilson.
Jansen was a known target for Liverpool during the Hodgson reign and the German international was interested in a move to Anfield. Though the deal did not materialise then, Liverpool are keen to acquire his much-coveted services this time around.
The signing of Marcell Jansen will certainly bring out the best in the Reds’ latest acquisition, Stewart Downing. The attack mindedness of the powerful full back may work well with new Downing ahead on the flank. Jansen is a naturally left-footed player which may aid his link-up play with Downing and Charlie Adam in the wider areas on the left flank.
After having been linked to a bevy of players to fill the left-back spot, this name would certainly tilt the heads of the Anfield faithful, especially with his highly valuable experience at the gruelling international stage.
After having spent more than £50million in the summer transfer window, this may well turn out to be the last vital signing by the Reds in their quest to compete for top honours again.
Do you think Marcell Jansen will be a success in the Premier League or turn out to be a failure for the Reds? Thoughts?