Unlike Luis Suarez, it seems that Raheem Sterling has a fairly replaceable role at Liverpool, at least at the present time. The Uruguayan was all-action all the time, and his contributions to an explosive attack during the 2013-2014 season could not have been replicated by any other player in world football bar one or two. Sterling, on the other hand, has all the potential to be in the upper tier of players in Europe and beyond, but he hasn't yet given Liverpool anything that they can't replace. In five years' time, it could and likely would be the case. Today, it's an easier sell, and who better to replace him than Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus?
The German international would, of course, be an upgrade on Sterling, and he's a player that is highly sought after by clubs across the continent. Yesterday and today he's been linked with Liverpool because it's important to remember things you like but can't have, and beyond that it's hard to see how or why he would end up on Merseyside. Still, it's fun to imagine.
To be fair, Reus has been linked with an exit from Dortmund for most of the last two seasons, and while injuries lowered his stock at times, he's still a player that would improve nearly any side in any league across Europe. As such, he'd command a significant fee, and his list of demands would surely involve Champions League football at a club competing for league titles year-in, year-out. Liverpool are not that club, unfortunately, and if he's moving away from the Westfalenstadion, it's hard to see past the likes of Bayern Munich or Real Madrid.
It wouldn't be a transfer window if there wasn't at least a little bit of Marco Reus love and a comments section full of spoiler text, though, so it's another box crossed out as Liverpool's summer Bingo gets that much more competitive. All it needs now is another acknowledgement from John Henry.
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