A Bundesliga report by Sefendo
After Germany‘s world cup win in 2014, the football world started to take notice of the Bundesliga. Regular followers and fans know that it has always been one of the best leagues in the world. The German league has a reputation for producing outstanding academy players since Germany’s failing in the Euros 2004.
After spending much money on the academies and the so-called “Stützpunkte” the German national team started to succeed on international level.
Following the latest failures of Liverpool’s midfield, the manager should focus on some of these Bundesliga players – Because in Klopp’s counter pressing system the central midfielders are the most important part of the system. They decide whether the team works or fails. We’ll take a look at some of the prospects from this underrated league.
- Christoph Kramer
Kramer returned to Leverkusen after his Gladbach loan-spell and is one of the upcoming box-to-box midfielders. He always puts an outstanding amount of effort in his game and tries to run his team. He stands 6ft 3in tall and is a full defensive package. The German International is winning around half of the aerial duels he has competed. In addition he’s a great high tackler and intercepts a lot of balls.
Kramer opens up the play as well with a brilliant passing accuracy – completes 86 per cent of his passes. The 25-year-old starts to dominate a midfield by himself and could allow Can or Henderson to play higher up the pitch. Leverkusen could ask for £15m or a bit higher for Kramer but he would be worth the price tag.
- Leon Goretzka
Goretzka has all the attributes of a fine holding midfielder. He’s again at 6ft 2in, the youngster is a strong, and shows his presence in the heart of the midfield. He has the ability to shield the defence and help break up play.
The 21-year-old is a defensive minded player, but also knows how to link up creative players to help build attacks. His work-rate is superb because he always tracks back the opposition attackers for possession.
He gives the opponents neither time nor room to start their attack. The youngster is also known for running the play from midfield into the final third, but fails to score too often. Perhaps his biggest weakness is bad positioning, which isn’t ideal when his side are chasing a game.
However his playing style is well beyond someone of his age and his physical presence in the midfield is rare in today’s game. He is also very calm and good on the ball. The Schalke academy product could be available around £25-30m.
- Marc Stendera
The Frankfurt youngster is a free spirited centre midfielder. He does not stick to a single position therefore his biggest strength is his quiet versatility that enables him to switch roles between games. He prefers to play through the middle of the field.
The 20-year-old is a threat to any defence with his exquisite vision. The creative player is a very good dribbler and is currently Frankfurt’s brain.
The German is strong on both feet and plays exceptional deadly balls. Stendera is still a rough diamond and has to keep his head down. Although his finishing isn’t very good his shots are very deadly and could contribute many goals in the future. He’s a rising star and will become an outstanding midfielder. The German U21- international could be available around £12m.
- Mahmoud Dahoud
The 20-year-old playmaker reminds many people of Luka Modric. With his outstanding passing and his great vision Dahoud is able to control the midfield. He’s great technical and a good creative player. He’s the perfect example of a creative number “8” and likes to orchestrate the play with his passing and creativity.
He can play great through balls and is a solid combination player. He really turns up under pressure and loves long-shoot. The German has normally a high number of touches and passes per game and could be a great addition to the Liverpool team. Alongside a deep-siting DM Dahoud has an acute tactical ability to read the game and could attempt to the Premier League.
Although he lacks a bit of physical presence. The talented midfielder could cost around £17m.
- Ilkay Gündogan
According to several reports Liverpool want to secure the services of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gündogan. The 25-year-old is certainly the best German central midfielder in the Bundesliga and could help the Reds on their way to glory. Gündogan’s strength, his outstanding vision and his superb passing. The German international is known for his clever playstyle and is brilliant all-round player. He’s solid at heading and tackling, too. He’s quiet fast and is a good player on the counter attack. In addition he likes to shoot frim distance and is similar to Dahoud a world-class creative number “8”. The Dortmund midfielder has a potential value: of 40 million. But Liverpool could get him around £30m, because his contract expires in 2017.