“Everything indicates that he will land at Anfield”: Report boldly claims 6ft3 colossus has been wooed by salary offer

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has reportedly guaranteed Denis Zakaria a starting berth if he joins the Reds shortly after Fabrizio Romano reported that the Switzerland international will not join this month.

On Tuesday, we covered a tweet from the Italian journalist which essentially ruled out a January move to Anfield for the 25-year-old.

Romano stated: “FC Bayern and B. Dortmund are pushing. Man United had talks with agents but have not submitted any proposal, Liverpool won’t sign him in January.

MONCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 7: Denis Zakaria of Borussia Monchengladbach during the UEFA Europa League match between Borussia Monchengladbach v AS Roma at the Borussia Park on November 7, 2019 in Monchengladbach Germany. PHOTO BY LAURENS LINDHOUT/SOCCRATES/GETTY IMAGES.

“Premier League move seems unlikely. Juventus want him but Borussia ask for €7m to sell Zakaria in Jan.”

A report from El Nacional contradicts that claim, however, and Klopp has reportedly made the Borussia Monchengladbach a guarantee over a starting role in order to convince him to move to Liverpool.

The report adds: “In addition, they put on the table a considerably higher salary than what he would receive [from Gladbach].”

The midfielder has still yet to make a decision which indicates to me that he will not leave the club until the end of the season when he will be a free agent although a report from Sport Bild claims he is free to leave for as little as €6m so that could change very quickly if the right proposal arrives.

Denis Zakaria

Crucially, El Nacional reports: “Everything indicates that he will end up landing at Anfield, seeing everything they offer him.” It would appear the guarantee of game time and salary increase would be enough to sway his mind although it must be said that it’s better to wait for more reliable reports to surface before getting excited.

And Zakaria is a player worth of excitement. He’s not an ordinary midfielder. It’s difficult to be a normal player when you’re 6ft3in but when you have the pace, power and technical ability to match, it’s easy to understand why the biggest clubs are chasing his signature.

Not only is he capable of battling to win the ball from any player on any pitch, he’s also got the ability to resist the counter-press once he’s got possession and is able to drive forward, using his long stride to motor through the midfield.

Liverpool’s counter-attacking is going to go through the roof with Zakaria in the side as he is a colossus on the ball.

Denis Zakaria

My only concern is that Jurgen Klopp holds him back the same way he did with Georginio Wijnaldum.

This could have a fantastic effect on Liverpool’s defensive resolution and help them get back to their game-management perfection of the 2019/20 season but it would be disappointing for the player on a personal level in my opinion.

However, Klopp made Wijnaldum a world-class no.8 by using his press resistance and even though that meant his attacking qualities were overlooked a lot of the time in spite of the fact that they inspired comebacks like the 4-0 win over Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final in 2018, he became a better player overall by playing a more conservative role.

The same could be said for Zakaria although I think given his unique power, presence and pace, he needs to be given slightly more freedom to drive forward than Wijnaldum was even if only to entertain supporters.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.


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