Liverpool considering 31-year-old in-form Bundesliga forward as Sturridge replacement

Liverpool are weighing up a move for Werder Bremen striker Max Kruse as a potential replacement for the departing Daniel Sturridge but will face competition from Bayern Munich, according to reports in Germany.

The 31-year-old has enjoyed a stellar campaign in the Bundesliga, scoring 11 goals and registering nine assists for Werder who finished 8th in the table and he will be available on a free transfer this summer once his contract has expired.

That news has alerted Jurgen Klopp who is keen to reinforce his attacking options ahead of next season with Sturridge set to leave the club after six-and-a-half years at the end of his contract.

Although Liverpool have offered Champions League semi-final hero Divock Origi a new deal, Klopp wants to sign an experienced backup to first-choice striker Roberto Firmino and Kruse represents a proven, low-cost option.

As well as establishing himself as one of the Bundesliga’s most efficient finishers with 71 goals over the last seven seasons, Kruse’s creativity and pressing qualities would suit Liverpool’s style of play.

Kruse, who has been capped 14 times by Germany since his debut in 2013, also has admirers in the shape of Bayern Munich who are seeking an alternative to Robert Lewandowski in attack following the departure of Sandro Wagner to Tianjin Teda in January.

Liverpool are not expected to be particularly active in the transfer market this summer but Klopp is reportedly keen to sign a striker and a left-back to replace the outgoing Sturridge and Alberto Moreno.