Schalke star Sead Kolašinac should swap the Veltins-Arena for Anfield, writes Sam May.
The Reds have been linked with a number of left-backs in recent times as they look to solve their defensive problems. James Milner has been a consistent performer, but Jürgen Klopp needs a natural suitor for the most problematic position.
Despite impressing, Milner turns 31 in January and isn’t a long-term option at left-back. So far this season Kolašinac has won 60% of his aerial duels compared to James Milner’s 41.9%. On average, he wins 1.8 tackles and makes 2.2 interceptions per game. Milner averages 2 tackles and 1.9 interceptions.
Bosnia Herzegovina international Kolašinac, 23, has been a key performer so far this season under Schalke manager Markus Weinzierl. Available on a free transfer next summer, Klopp could return to Gelsenkirchen to raid another one of their shining stars, who has been with them since September 2012.
The Reds snapped up centre-back Joel Matip on a free transfer last summer, and could now look to bolster their defensive ranks with a move for Matip’s former team-mate Kolašinac also on a bosman.
A product of the Karlsruher SC academy, his aggression and high-energy, means he would fit into Klopp’s squad comfortably. Being a versatile player who is capable of playing as a left-back, left-midfield or as defensive midfielder, signing the highly-rated Bundesliga star would spell the end of Alberto Moreno’s Anfield tenure.
He is allegedly viewed as a potential long-term option at Anfield, but Chelsea, West Brom and West Ham are also interested in his services.
Kolašinac’s relationship with fellow Bosnian Željko Buvač, Klopp’s assistant, as well as his former Schalke team-mate Joël Matip could help the Reds in landing the defender.
Featuring for Germany’s under-18s, under-19s and under-20s, he opted to join Bosnian Herzegovina in 2013. He has made 10 apperances for his club in all competitions this season and scored an impressive five goals.