It’s safe to guess that Jurgen Klopp might’ve lost hope in Xherdan Shaqiri.
Indeed, the Swiss international hasn’t started a game in the Premier League this year and hasn’t been able to win over the German manager’s trust to actually get more playing minutes.
So one can see why the Reds are on the lookout for more attacking options. According to reports a few days ago (via the Mirror), Liverpool are looking to sign Ajax sensation Hakim Ziyech in the summer as Klopp wants to build a strong squad like Manchester City and pack options in every department of his attack.
Overkill, considering some of the talent already on offer at Anfield? Not at all.
In terms of ability, Ziyech is miles ahead of Shaqiri right now. He’s leaving teams awe-inspired with some scintillating display in both the Eredivisie and UEFA Champions League, having scored 17 and assisted 14 in all competitions this season. Unlike the erratic Shaqiri, Ziyech oozes more control in creating magic, making him tailor-made to succeed in Klopp’s heavy-metal attacking football.
Although, he’s valued at £31.5 million (by Transfermarkt), so FSG will no doubt have to splash the cash.
He has multiple tricks up his sleeve and can make an impact against superior oppositions as well. The Morrocan international’s averaged 5.3 shots per game, 2 key passes and 3 dribbles complete in 9 UEFA Champions League appearances (stats via WhoScored), being a huge influence in stitching together Ajax’s beautiful “total-football” style over all competitions.
If Liverpool wants to give Mohamed Salah some much-needed rest, Ziyech’s the perfect man to help rotate their front-three. He can bamboozle defences with his irresistible technical ability, creativity as well as lethal goal-scoring prowess, making him everything Shaqiri hasn’t been for the Reds.
He really does have all the ingredients needed to become an Anfield hero.
The last time Liverpool looked to the Dutch capital to sign one of the game’s rising stars, Luis Suarez wrote himself into Anfield folklore, so there’s certainly precedent here. Granted, it’s a bit much to say Ziyech will follow in the Uruguayan’s footsteps, but signing one of the most promising emerging talents would be as much of a market statement as it would be an instant upgrade on Xhederan Shaqiri.
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