According to a recent report from La Repubblica (via Sport Witness), Liverpool are interested in a move for striker Lorenzo Insigne. The 27-year-old currently plays his football at Italian title-chasers Napoli having come up through the ranks at the Serie A outfit, with his fine goal-scoring form for Carlo Ancelotti’s team seemingly attracting the interest of Reds manager Jurgen Klopp.
And that’s because a recent report from La Repubblica (via Sport Witness) suggests that the Premier League leaders have made a €70 million (£61.3 million) move for the Italy international in a bid to bolster their forward ranks in the summer, with a deal for the 27-year-old in the close season one that would certainly help take Liverpool to the next level.
Ultimately, much of Liverpool’s success in the last few years under manager Klopp has been built upon their remarkable front three, what with Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah scoring a staggering 91 goals between them in all competitions last season in their run to the Champions League final, and indeed to fourth place in the Premier League.
And while the Reds have been infinitely better defensively this term to suggest that they are becoming the all round team, it has been a familiar story going forward given messrs Firmino, Mane, and Salah have bagged 42 goals as a trio this term – outside of those three, the next top-scorer is Xherdan Shaqiri with only six.
And while dislodging any of that trio will prove troublesome for the vast majority of strikers in world football, the strength outside of those three is something of a problem, what with Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi the main men to deputise were any of them unavailable.
And while both clearly have ability in the final third, replacing either of them for one of the front three would see Liverpool’s quality diminish greatly in the final third of the pitch – ultimately, they aren’t at the same level as Firmino, Mane, and Salah.
Yet were Insigne to make the move to Anfield, the 27-year-old would indeed give the front three something to think about, as he has the ability to come in and produce a similarly high-level as the lethal trio.
The Italian ace has been in amongst the goals for much of the last few seasons in Naples in bagging 11 times in all competitions for Ancelotti’s side this time round, one of which coming in their victory over Liverpool in the Champions League back in October.
And with 14 goals in all competitions last time round for the Serie A heavyweights, and indeed 20 the season before in their run to third place in the Italian top-flight under now-Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, it’s pretty clear that the 27-year-old has the goal-scoring knack to further improve Liverpool’s already lethal front line.
Significantly, as has been the case with messrs Firmino, Mane, and Salah in the past couple of seasons, Insigne is also a creator having laid on six assists in all competitions this term, 14 last season, and indeed 12 the campaign before – his overall tally of 74 goals and 69 assists in 291 games for Napoli is a quite sensational return.
Yes, the Reds front three has proven to be one of the best in Europe in recent years to suggest that anyone coming into Anfield to challenge that trio needs to be of top-quality – there is little doubting that Insigne falls into that bracket.
And while the front three can be irresistible at their best, the options beside them simply don’t inspire the same level of confidence, which is why a deal for Insigne come the summer would help take Klopp’s side to another level in the years to follow.
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