Liverpool kept within touching distance of Manchester City following a routine 2-0 victory over Fulham at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s men dominated the early stages and went close twice through Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. After Aleksandar Mitrovic’s goal was ruled offside, Liverpool sprung a lightning-quick counter-attack which was finished expertly by Salah to give the Reds the lead at the interval. After the break, their dominance continued and was rewarded with a goal from Xherdan Shaqiri who coolly placed a wonderful Andy Robertson cross past Sergio Rico.
The result means Liverpool remain unbeaten in the Premier League, two points behind league leaders Manchester City who defeated rivals Manchester United in the late kickoff. With Liverpool yet to rediscover their spark going forward, Klopp could look to the January transfer window to bolster his attacking options.
One man who should be on his shortlist is Lyon winger – Memphis Depay. Valued at £40.5m by Transfermarkt, Depay will be remembered in England by his dismal spell at Manchester United. Under Louis van Gaal, the Dutchman failed to stake his authority on the first-team and was later sold to Lyon following Jose Mourinho’s arrival at the club. Since moving to Ligue 1, Depay has been scoring for fun.
The 24-year-old enjoyed a stunning season in France last year, netting an incredible 22 goals as well as providing 17 assists for his team-mates in all competitions. Depay’s performances continue to amaze the Lyon fans with five goals and five assists in just ten Ligue 1 appearances already this season. Now is the perfect time to bring him back to England and give him a second chance in the Premier League.
Comfortable right across the front three, Depay would give Klopp another world-class option in his forward line and would allow Salah to move back to his favoured right wing position with Roberto Firmino occupying the number ten.
Bringing the Dutch international to Anfield could prove to be a masterstroke.
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