Article by Adam Brown @AdamMNVi
Liverpool are currently without a world class striker. How many more points would Klopp have picked up if he had the option to play Fernando Torres from 2008 or Luis Suarez from 2014?
A clinical number nine of this nature could be useful for the Reds, especially in tricky away games to the likes of United and West Ham. Sergio Aguero’s influence on Manchester City’s resurgence in the Premier League title race is a good example of this; The Argentine has scored 11 goals in the last ten games.
This isn’t to suggest replacing Roberto Firmino, but he has been more effective playing in his natural position (the 10) this season, with 0.5 goals per game compared with 0.25 as a striker. Your centre forward should always average at least a goal every other game to be a long term solution.
Liverpool’s best starting XI can beat any side in the world, but it’s a delicate task to keep them in top form when playing over 50 games a season. One more star player in attack would take the pressure of the front three, and allow Klopp to make more changes or incorporate a 4-2-3-1 system.
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Why would Griezmann choose United over Liverpool?
Liverpool are no longer racing to sign Alex Teixeira. Jurgen Klopp has assembled a squad which can contend for major trophies every year, meaning Michael Edwards now shops in football’s Mayfair.
Antoine Griezmann has scored 18 goals and assisted eight as a striker this season, the Frenchman would compliment the Reds attack perfectly; turning 28 this month means we would also acquire him during his peak years as a forward.
Yet to win the Champions League, Does the La Liga hitman want to go to United and play Europa League football next season? He’s at an age where it would be risky to go to a “project” team in the rebuilding process.
This deal makes more sense than people think. City won’t be able to make any hasty moves under ongoing FFP scrutiny, and Atletico would much rather sell to Liverpool than Barcelona or Real Madrid.
Klopp’s style of play suits Griezmann more than any other suitor, and the forward would only profit from playing in front of Mane, Firmino and Salah; The perfect quartet.
If the Frenchman’s move to Catalonia is inevitable, then after five seasons in Barcelona, it may be time to come home for Luis Suarez.
At 32, this isn’t FSG’s transfer strategy, but Suarez is the type of player who will be producing goals late into his career. The former fan favourite has already scored 20 goals this season, and will probably be still playing at 40.
The Uruguayan has unfinished business in England and obviously still loves Liverpool. How much of a gamble is it? It’s difficult to see how Suarez wouldn’t produce for the Reds. If this move could be the difference when winning a major competition, it’s worth it. It will also be nice to hear the Luis Suarez song again.
Liverpool have tied down their stars for the future, it’s now time to make a statement.
Article by Adam Brown – @AdamMNVi