Anfield boss reportedly interested in former Tottenham player Reto Ziegler.
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Liverpool will face competition from several European clubs, but have their eye on Swiss left-back Reto Ziegler , who has just turned down a new deal with Sampdoria.
Liverpool were linked with Ziegler over the summer, but in the end Roy Hodgson brought Paul Konchesky to Anfield. Nonetheless, should Liverpool’s off-field problems be ironed out, Italian website Tuttomercato reports that Hodgson will renew his interest in Ziegler.
The 24-year-old has turned down the offer of a new deal at Sampdoria from the club’s director general Sergio Gasparin. Tuttomercato reports that Ziegler could leave the club as early as January, with Liverpool facing competition from Juventus, Hamburg and Zenit St Petersburg among others.
Zeigler is a quick and skillful player, who can fill a role as a left-winger as well as at left full-back. His versatility could well be an asset to Hodgson’s struggling Liverpool side.
He joined Tottenham as a teenager from Grasshoppers Zurich 2004 and impressed the White Hart Lane faithful with his neat, controlled football. However, he failed to command a regular place in the starting line-up at the North Londoners and moved on for first-team football.
Ziegler scored two goals for Sampdoria in 37 appearances last season. (IMScouting)
Clearly unconvinced by Paul Konchesky’s start at the club, rumours are circulating that Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is back in the market for a new left-back.
Reto Ziegler is the latest name to be linked, and although establishing himself in Serie A over the last few seasons, is the Swiss full-back a player capable of improving the Liverpool squad?
He was at Tottenham from a young age, but failed to command a first-team place. Now, at 24, he would probably cost Liverpool upwards of £6million, and with continued uncertainty at Anfield, the club cannot afford to take many risks in the transfer market.
Whatever happens with the club’s takeover situation, the signing of a new striker will be the club’s priority in January. The purchase of another left-back seems a bit unnecessary.