Despite returning to his first club, Werder, in 2016, Kruse is set to leave the former Bundesliga champions after scoring 15 goals in 24 appearances. He left Bremen in 2009 for St Pauli of Hamburg, where he broke into the first team, making 100 appearances and scoring 22 goals.
After a spell at Freiburg, he moved to Borussia Monchengladbach where he established himself as a clever and inventive forward, bringing him recognition with the German national team.
In two years with Die Folen, Kruse kept up his scoring ratio, netting 25 in 97 appearances before moving onto Wolfsburg for a less productive spell. With the club in turmoil due to a high turnover of players, he struggled to hit his previous heights. It led to his return to Werder where a spell on the sidelines couldn’t stop him rediscovering his mojo.
It’s alerted the Merseyside duo that there is a bargain to be had in contrast to the rising fees for younger players. The Italian giants Lazio are also interested in a player expected to cost £13m.