The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating their side’s return to Premier League action this weekend.
Manager Jurgen Klopp will be hoping his men can continue their excellent run of recent form on Saturday afternoon with another victory over uninspiring Southampton at Anfield. With the January transfer window moving ever closer, the Liverpool chief will also be starting to identify the areas in which his side could improve to ensure they achieve qualification to the Champions League for a second successive season.
And, according to L’Equipe (via talkSPORT), Liverpool are interested in bring Paris Saint-Germain’s Javier Pastore to Merseyside in January, with league rivals Chelsea also rumoured to be in the running for his signature.
However, considering the future of Phillipe Coutinho still hangs firmly in the balance amid continued interest from Barcelona, Pastore should be firmly considering a move to Anfield over Stamford Bridge.
Not only would Pastore be an ideal replacement for Coutinho in the number 10 role at the club, but his versatility would allow him to slot into a number of roles within Liverpool’s current tactical system.
The 28-year-old has enjoyed playing in an advanced central midfield position and also out wide on the left during his six-year spell at PSG, and he has enjoyed plenty of success in both roles.
Antonio Conte’s preference for playing three at the back would force Pastore to adapt his style to an unfamiliar position and tactical system, which does not allow for the same fluidity of movement or attacking creativity that he would experience at Liverpool.
If Pastore can remain free from the injuries that have plagued his career in Paris during the past two seasons, then he should have no problem in settling into Liverpool’s squad and in turn becoming a key player for the Reds.
Liverpool and Chelsea fans… what do you think? Let us know!