Jurgen Klopp reportedly now ‘wants’ to sign Marco Asensio for Liverpool this summer.
The Lowdown: Salah backup needed
The Egypt international hardly missed a match last term, playing 51 times in all competitions (Transfermarkt), and he will be in need of a rest if the Merseysiders are to go the distance on all four fronts once again this coming season.
The Latest: Asensio wanted by Liverpool
As per Sport (via Sport Witness), Liverpool are one of the clubs who are ‘most interested’ in signing Asensio, and Real Madrid are willing to let him leave for a ‘bargain price’, given that he only has one year left on his contract at the Bernabeu.
Klopp ‘wants’ to add the right-winger to the project at Anfield, but the Premier League giants will face competition from AC Milan for the Spaniard’s signature.
The Verdict: Risky
The signing of Asensio would certainly be risky, given that he has not exactly lived up to his hype at Real Madrid.
Once dubbed ‘magical’ by team-mate Casemiro, and recently hailed as ‘spectacular‘ by his former agent Horacio Gaggioli, there was a lot of promise when Los Blancos beat fierce rivals Barcelona to the forward’s signature from Real Mallorca as an 18-year-old.
Should Liverpool sign Asensio?
Now 26, Asensio has largely been a bit-part player at the Bernabeu, having never reached double figures for assists in a La Liga campaign, while his highest goal tally for a single season is 10 from last term (Transfermarkt).
Klopp could still transform the Spaniard into the phenomenal attacker that he once promised to be, but it could take time for him to settle into life at Liverpool.
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