Liverpool could be set for another summer transfer window of lavish spending due to their financial success off the field.
The Reds recently posted record-breaking profits highlighting the immense work going on behind the scenes at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp’s run to the Champions League final last year significantly added to their finances as well as Philippe Coutinho’s transfer to Barcelona. After choosing not to spend in January, perhaps Klopp could be handed another transfer war chest in the summer.
The evolution in the Liverpool squad is plain to see – they now boast one of the strongest squads in the Premier League. However, there have been times throughout the season where they have lacked some magic in the midfield. After failing to sign Nabil Fekir in the summer, the Reds could dip back into the market for a playmaker when the summer transfer window opens.
One man Liverpool should be attempting to sign is Lyon maestro Houssem Aouar. Valued at £36m by Transfermarkt, the youngster is the latest star to progress through the club’s youth academy into the first-team. Aouar is now one of the first names on the team-sheet and has been ever-present for the French side this season making 34 appearances in all competitions.
It’s interesting to note that, back in 2016, the club were interested – yet he decided against the move. Clearly, then, the Reds are aware of this talent.
The 20-year-old has been lethal in front of goal, netting six as well as registering five assists for his team-mates in all competitions. Blessed with wonderful technical ability, Aouar oozes class when on the ball and constantly carves open defences; the Frenchman has averaged 1.3 key passes and 2.3 successful dribbles per game this season (as per WhoScored).
Liverpool’s midfield, at present, plays host to a lot of quality. They’ve got great energy between Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita, great defensive work with Fabinho and James Milner, and great creativity with Gini Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. That’s already better than most of the other teams in England, but it lacks something, in contrast, to say, Man City – who can call upon players like Bernardo Silva and David Silva.
Simply put, Liverpool’s midfield does lack a spark on occasion, and Aouar could provide it.
Paired with Liverpool’s famed front three, he could take his game to the next level. Klopp has a reputation for developing youngsters – Aouar could be the next star to thrive under his leadership.
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