Liverpool supporters in the Transfer Tavern are slowly but surely getting over their side’s crushing Champions League defeat at the hands of Real Madrid last month, what with the Reds losing 3-1 to the Spanish giants.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were full of confidence heading into the showpiece in Kiev after beating Porto, Manchester City, and Roma en route to the final, but they were no match for Zinedine Zidane’s side in the Ukrainian capital on May 26. A Gareth Bale double alongside a Karim Benzema strike sealed victory for Real, in turn clinching a third successive Champions League crown, and 13th in their history.
As such, there have been many despondent Reds fans in the Tavern in recent times, although their mood is likely to improve from recent reports linking their club with a move for Gent winger Moses Simon.
And while the 22-year-old would likely be a useful addition to Klopp’s squad, they should forget about him and instead target a move for £27 million-rated winger Wilfried Zaha (as per Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, while Nigeria international Simon clearly has a huge amount of ability and a bright future in the game, the 22-year-old he has never experienced Premier League football before, and it is unlikely that he will push the likes of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in the wide areas.
As such, it remains to be seen whether he is the sort of signing that would transform the Reds into title contenders, whereas there is little doubt that Zaha’s arrival would only seek to enhance their attacking ranks, and give the likes of Salah and Mane something to think about next season.
The Crystal Palace forward has proven in the last few years to be one of the best players outside of the Premier League’s top six clubs, with the 25-year-old scoring nine goals and laying on five assists to inspire Roy Hodgson’s side to safety.
And with seven goals and 11 assists for the Eagles last time round as well, the Ivory Coast international is now developing a consistency that wasn’t really seen prior to the last few years – a consistency that has seen him become one of the most lethal attackers in the division.
And while messrs Salah and Mane enjoyed wonderful seasons last time round, both will have to work extremely hard once again to keep Zaha out of Klopp’s side, with the Palace ace possessing the sort of trickery, pace, and now end product to become an asset to the Merseysiders next season.
So while a slightly cheaper deal for Simon may be of interest to Klopp, the Liverpool chief should forget about him, as he’d no doubt reap the rewards from luring Zaha to Anfield.
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