Anfield side chase Borussia Dortmund attacker.
Liverpool join the hunt for Japanese maestro
Reports have emerged that Liverpool will challenge the likes of Manchester United, AC Milan and Juventus for the signature of Shinji Kagawa who could head for the exit of the Westfalenstadion this summer.
Borussia Dortmund look set to clinch the £13m signature of Borussia Monchengladbach talisman Marco Reus at the end of the current season, meaning that Kagawa will undoubtedly find first team opportunities easier to come by.
The Japanese international won’t be keen on seeing himself pushed out of the starting XI much like teammate Lucas Barrios, who has only made several starts this campaign following the inspiring form of Robert Lewandowski.
Kagawa’s current contract at the Dortmund side will only have one year remaining on it at the end of this season and if Liverpool make good on their interest, the playmaker might jump at the chance to move to the Premier League.
Liverpool may well have invested in a number of new midfielders in 2011 but they could well do with the extra creative spark that the Borussia Dortmund man could provide as currently the Anfield side struggle to find the back of the net, mainly due to a lack of ammunition provided for strikers Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll, indeed the Merseyside club have managed just 29 goals in 25 Premier League matches, hampering their chase for a top four finish.
The 22 year old Dortmund man has scored a lot of goals from midfield and it may be this ability that attracts boss Kenny Dalglish, not least because Charlie Adam has managed just 2 goals in 23 appearances.
Kagawa has adapted well to life in the Bundesliga, helping his side to the title in his first season and netting 22 goals in 57 appearances, a hefty total for a player who plays in an attacking midfield role.