Bundesliga expert: Why Liverpool won’t sign Mats Hummels or Ilkay Gundogan
Raphael Honigstein explains why Jurgen Klopp won't target Dortmund's Mats Hummels or Ilkay Gundogan in January
Jurgen Klopp won’t target Mat Hummels or Ilkay Gundogan for Liverpool in January, according to Bundesliga expert Raphael Honigstein.
Inevitably, the Reds manager has been linked with a raid on his former employers Borussia Dortmund next month as Klopp looks to address some of the weaker areas in his Liverpool squad.
The players he has got now really suit the kind of game he wants to play more so than Gundogan and Hummels
Germany centre-half Hummels has been touted as a potential target for Liverpool following injury to Mamadou Sakho and the World Cup winner was recently dropped by Klopp’s successor, Thomas Tuchel.
Gundogan was reported to be close to a move to Manchester United in the summer before the Germany midfielder signed a new deal – but the 25-year-old is still being linked with a move to the Premier League.
And BT Sport’s Bundesliga expert Honigstein reckons Klopp won’t want to sign Hummels or Gundogan as neither player suits Liverpool and the Premier League’s style of play.
“I don’t think that they would mind Subotic going and Gundogan has been flirting with leaving and fans don’t really see him as a real Dortmund player and Hummels is a bit tricky,” Honigstein told The Sport Review.
“I don’t think he’s the most popular player as far as the fans are concerned.
“I don’t see Klopp making a move. I don’t see Klopp buying two or three Dortmund players.
“I think he knows their faults more than anyone and I think the players he has got now really suit the kind of game he wants to play more so than Gundogan and Hummels, who are fairly slow.”
The Reds are in sixth place and six points behind fourth-placed Manchester United.
You can catch Rafa Honigstein with James Richardson and other guests on the European Football Show on BT Sport every Sunday at 6:45pm