Liverpool transfers: Marco Reus must be top priority, says Jason McAteer
Jason McAteer feels Liverpool need some experience in their squad
Marco Reus would be a perfect addition to Liverpool’s squad and should make the German their top transfer priority in this summer, according to former midfielder Jason McAteer.
With Steven Gerrard heading off to MLS outfit LA Galaxy at the end of the season, the Reds will be light on experience with an exciting, young squad.
The former Irish international sees the current Dortmund winger as fitting Brendan Rodgers’ and fellow Koppites demands to help replace the iconic number eight, given Reus’ experience.
“They need a more experienced player,” McAteer told talkSPORT, “I would love to see someone like [Marco] Reus come in.”
The former Borussia Mönchengladbach player has had an injury ravaged season, but signed a contract yesterday until 2019, ending speculation of Bayern Munich meeting his release clause.
While this may dissuade a number of potential suitors, McAteer, who played for Liverpool between 1995-99, believes Liverpool must pursue the 25-year-old’s signature.
“I know he has just signed a new deal but that would probably just push the pounds up when it comes to entering the market for him,” said the 43-year-old.
He added that the club, which has an average age of just 25.6 years – a league lowest – need players who are further developed in their careers, who can pass on their knowledge to youngsters like Jordon Ibe.
The former Blackburn Rovers midfielder sees similarities between his early days at Anfield and the present crop who play in front of the Kop.
“It was vitally important for us when I was at Liverpool,” he added, “we were such a young team but had John Barnes and we had Ian Rush.
“When it is not going right in the dressing room, you do look for them. This is what Liverpool need.”