It may only be December, but Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp’s eyes are reportedly already on January. According to the Express, the Reds are already looking at potential targets, and one man, it is said, stands alone atop their transfer list.
Demirbay, a creative attacking midfielder, has impressed in the Bundesliga this year, and in terms of raw talent, he does offer the sort of capabilities that Jurgen Klopp tends to opt for. Agile, technical and threatening, the 25-year-old would undeniably be able to make an impact going forward.
However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that a move for the German international would be a good one.
To the contrary, in fact, because Demirbay actually offers very little for Liverpool supporters to be excited about.
Demirbay, though, is far more of a Brendan Rodgers-era signing that a Klopp-era capture.
After all, when you consider the likes of the players that Liverpool have been targeting lately, he just doesn’t compare. Mohamed Salah had enjoyed a tremendous season at Roma prior to his arrival, whilst Virgil van Dijk undeniably came to Anfield as one of Europe’s most in-demand players. Demirbay, though? He’s on the back of a poor season over in the Bundesliga, and he’s hardly ripped up any trees this season.
He looks decently threatening going forward whenever he plays, but for a player at the highest level, the proof is in the pudding, and Demirbay’s pudding tastes rather bland. With 0 goals and 1 assist this season in the league, he’s not seemingly the kind of player to come in and make an impact on a weekly basis, and so do Liverpool really need a player like that?
They’ve grown over the last few years by buying world-class talent. And that’s helped them transform the side and force their way into European contention. Demirbay, though, is far more of a Brendan Rodgers-era signing that a Klopp-era capture, and he’s far closer to someone like Alberto Moreno than he is to Mohamed Salah when it comes to raw quality.
There’s also perhaps the number one question for the Reds – is he really needed? Liverpool tend to work in a system using three midfielders, and individuals including but not limited to Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita, Fabinho, Gini Wijnaldum and Xherdan Shaqiri have been given the task of making the most of those three positions this term. That’s without considering the fact that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still out injured, and so Liverpool certainly aren’t short of any depth or quality in the middle of the pitch.
Liverpool aren’t in a position in which they need to bring in squad players – and that’s undeniably what Demirbay looks like. In a week in which the Reds have been linked with players like Christian Pulisic – a star in the Bundesliga – a move like one for Demirbay just seems to be a level below, and whilst Jurgen Klopp deserves to be trusted in the transfer market, this is hardly a report that should leave the Anfield faithful counting down the days until January.
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