Liverpool suffer major transfer blow as top Klopp target taken off shortlist

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Liverpool have suffered a huge transfer setback as reported target and Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus has been ruled out for six months due to injury.

The German international suffered a partial tear of his cruciate knee ligament at the weekend, which in turn means a lengthy spell on the sidelines for rehabilitation to get back to full fitness.

That is now set to derail his pre-season plans as he will miss the start of the campaign, and instead must now focus on making a swift and full recovery.

According to The Mirror, it’s bad news for Liverpool too as it’s claimed that the 27-year-old has been a target for Klopp for some time, and supporters have also been keen on the idea of snapping the versatile forward up this summer to bolster their squad.

However, with Champions League qualifiers to come later this summer, coupled with the necessity to make a strong start to next season in the Premier League, Liverpool surely can’t afford to splash out on a player who will be out for a significant period of time.

It will arguably be seen as too much of a gamble now as Klopp needs reinforcements and he needs them to make instant impacts in order to ensure that Liverpool’s season gets off to the right start.

Reus was consistently dogged by fitness problems this past season too, but he showed his quality when available for selection with 13 goals and eight assists in 24 appearances in all competitions.

In turn, Dortmund will undoubtedly be keen to keep hold of him after he’s recovered from his injury, but perhaps this merely just delays Liverpool as they could potentially now consider a January swoop instead once he’s back to full health and has proven he has put the injury behind him.

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