Liverpool have been advised to complete a deal to sign Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus by former defender Jamie Carragher. The 26-year-old has been constantly linked with a move to the Premier League and the Reds legend believes he can be just the player for Jurgen Klopp to build his team around.
The Express reported during the 2015 summer transfer window that Liverpool were among a cluster of teams interested in the Germany international and claimed they were at the time ready to launch a club record £46m ($64m) bid for the player. Reus is among the most highly regarded players in Europe and has netted 16 goals this season.
Since arriving at Anfield in October 2015, Klopp has been reserved over the Liverpool's policy in the transfer market and has made just three additions since replacing Brendan Rodgers. Marko Grujic arrived from Red Star Belgrade, before returning to the club on loan until the end of the season, Steven Caulker is on loan from Queens Park Rangers, and defender Joel Matip will join in the summer.
With plans for the new season currently unknown, Carragher has urged Klopp to raid his former club and clinch a deal for Reus, who the former Liverpool centre-back believes is ideally suited to the Premier League. "The squad lacks a top player who can have an immediate impact," he told Sport Bild. "I'd like to see Dortmund's Marco Reus on the wing. He'd be a great fit. Add a forward and central midfielder to it and you can build on it."
Brazilian Alex Teixeira looked set to become Klopp's first marque signing in January before the club withdrew from negotiations. Shakhtar Donetsk went on to sell the player for €50m to Chinese club Jiangsu Suning and Carragher has praised Liverpool for swerving the deal.
"I think it's good that Klopp did not stay the pace," he added. "It was profiteering and he passed on the quickfire solution. Klopp is still analysing the squad. And he brought in a great reinforcement in Joel Matip on a free. A lot of that [TV] money is wasted.
"A lot of average players were signed for way too much and the wages were out of proportion. When an English club knocks on a door in Europe, they just add £5m or £10m on top of the transfer fee. They milk it."