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Borussia Dortmund Face Irrelevance If They Sell Star Duo

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Mats Hummels, Marco Reus and head coach Juergen Klopp (L-R) of Dortmund pose with their trophies prior to the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 at Signal Iduna Park on October 20, 2012 in Dortmund, Germany.

If there is one club that has put their hat in the ring when inquiring about the possible sale of Borussia Dortmund’s stars, It’s Liverpool, and they aren’t going away anytime soon, considering they have hired former Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp.

According to the Daily Star, Jurgen Klopp is considering a 56 million pound bid to pry Dortmund stars Marco Reus and Mats Hummels away from the Westfalenstadion. On paper, it makes sense because Klopp helped develop the two into becoming the players they are today. Plus, they know the high-pressing style Klopp is trying to implement at Anfield.

For Dortmund’s sake, they need to do all they can to keep their stars wearing the iconic yellow and black, or they will risk becoming nothing more than a provincial club in the Bundesliga.

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In the case of Marco Reus, despite being plagued with injuries these last few seasons, is still a valuable asset to the club. His pace, skill, power, and goal-scoring ability have helped Dortmund become a note-worthy side in Europe. Reus has scored 7 goals this Bundesliga campaign. Also, his link up play with Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has proved to be fruitful at best, with the Gabonese striker increasing his goal tally to 17 goals this season.

If Dortmund sell Reus, do they have enough pull to attract another star player? From the looks of it, no.

On the inside, Armenian international Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Japanese international Shinji Kagawa do not have the same skill set as Reus to pick up the production if the winger decides to move away.

As for Mats Hummels, despite having a lackluster season so far, with fellow German center-back partner Mathias Ginter receiving all of the plaudits, is one of the best center-backs in Europe. Hummels is the perfect defender for Thomas Teuchel‘s high pressing style, as he knows who to properly defend playing a high line when the team are in the opposition’s attacking third. The German international can read the game and snuff out attacks with the best of them.

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Much of Ginter’s improvement has been down to playing with Mats Hummels this season, as the season center-back also serves as a mentor to the young German International.

To lose a defender like Hummels would be devastating for team that is in rebuilding mode right now because he provides stability and leadership at the back.

There have been efforts to re-sign the German international to a new long-term contract by Hans-Joachim Watzke, the CEO of Borussia Dortmund, according to ESPN FC’s Stefan Buczko.

Dortmund have already lost star players in Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski, but to lose icons in Marco Reus and Mats Hummels would be disastrous for the club. If they can’t find adequate replacements, then the club will just be another team to have challenged Bayern Munich for Bundesliga supremacy.

If Dortmund’s top summer signings were Gonzalo Castro and Adnan Januzaj on-loan, then that does not bode well to sustain competitiveness over time.

In 2006, It was Werder Bremen. In 2007, It was Stuttgart. In 2009, it was Wolfsburg. Will Dortmund try to keep pace with the Rot and Weiss of Bayern Munich? The ball is in Dortmund’s court; now is the time to respond.

 

 

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