Former Red Jamie Redknapp believes that Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil would never get a game for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
Ozil, who signed for Arsenal from Real Madrid for a transfer fee of £42.5 million back in 2013, has been linked with a move away from the Emirates for quite a while.
Liverpool have never genuinely been named as club that could sign the German, but that has not stopped Redknapp from stating why the midfielder would not get a game at Liverpool right now.
Redknapp ultimately believes that Ozil’s work rate is not strong enough.
“The thing about Liverpool’s midfield is that you can’t be a passenger. Whoever plays in the midfield, if you don’t run the length of the field and push and press, you’re not going to play,” Redknapp told Sky Sports News, as quoted by Sports Mole.
“Not because he’s not skillful enough, but I’m on about every single game when you’ve got to go and win the ball back. It’s not been easy as he’s been around playing for one of the worst Arsenal teams we’ve seen in many years as well.
“Yes, his talented is unfulfilled, but he’s won a World Cup. I’d have given anything to win that. When you see what he’s capable of with his assists, could he do more? Absolutely, and there’s a lot of frustration watching him. But he’ll reflect on his career and think he brought a lot of joy to people and think he had a great career.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Ozil has had a shocking season at Arsenal. He has only been able to score one goal and register three assists in all competitions for the Gunners.
What does not help Ozil’s case is that he is a player that is not considered a hard worker by many. When you aren’t scoring or creating goals, you need to be working hard across the pitch.
It is difficult to disagree with Redknapp when he is not the only one questioning Ozil’s work rate. Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has even questioned Ozil’s effort levels in the past.
Klopp’s assistant Pep Lijnders has stated that Liverpool’s identity is to play an intense brand of football, which means Ozil would not fit in at Anfield, as too many people have questioned his effort levels over the years.