The question: Should Liverpool target Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira?

Sami Khedira

It’s a busy time at Liverpool currently as they look to improve their squad ahead of their long-awaited return to Champions League football, with manager Brendan Rodgers scouring the transfer market for new additions to his young and exciting team.

Every area of the team appears to have been targeted to import some fresh blood and the latest name to be linked with Liverpool is Sami Khedira, with the German international currently unsure of his future at Real Madrid.

Khedira is believed to be highly thought of by manager Carlo Ancelotti who opted to start him in the Champions League final in the wake of Xabi Alonso’s suspension, despite having only just returned from a six month absence due to a serious knee injury.

With Real linked with a number of midfield options this summer however, Khedira’s future is looking uncertain at Santiago Bernabeu and a move to the Premier League has long been mooted, with Chelsea also believed to be keen on his signature.

However, it is Liverpool that have emerged as a destination and Khedira could be a fine addition to the midfield ranks, with his industry in the centre of park potentially being useful to freeing up Gerrard in the centre of the park in the manner Jordan Henderson has excelled this past season.

Khedira has become known for his action-packed displays in the midfield for both Germany and Real and he could be somebody that Gerrard can really work with, with his lung-bursting runs from deep perfect for a man with Gerrard’s eye for a defence splitting pass.

While Khedira is not one for running at the opposition as evidenced by the seven take-ons he managed in his 13 appearances for Real Madrid in La Primera, he is a man that excels in making runs behind the defence to punish his opponents.

In 13 appearances for Real last season, the German midfielder managed to create 12 chances through this sheer persistence, claiming one assist for his troubles, while he also achieved one goal for himself.

However, while he remained busy around the midfield, there are still question marks over his overall contribution to the defensive effort of the team, having won just nine of his 27 contested tackles for real and having failed to win any of his three challenges in Germany’s opening group game.

Khedira managed to make just 13 interceptions in his league displays for Real as well, breaking up play legally on fewer occasions than he did illegally, having conceded 16 fouls before injury struck, picking up four bookings in the process.

Liverpool are very keen to add players with Champions league experience, but in Khedira, they could be chasing after the wrong man as he perhaps does not offer any more than their current options can give them.

With a lengthy injury lay-off behind him as well, Liverpool could be chasing after a man who cannot even encompass the level of running he usually does, with his pure engine the key strength to his game.

Far too often he fails to make the right decision and is prone to the needless challenges that draw fouls and while Steven Gerrard could capitalise on his energy, there is a sense that there is far too much indiscipline in Khedira’s game to really function at Anfield.

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Sam Parker
Sam Parker is a graduate in sports journalism and freelancer, looking to break into the sports-writing industry on a full-time basis. He is a life-long fan of Tottenham Hotspur and has a major interest in Spanish football, alongside all other formats of the game.
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