Even with the UEFA Champions League final days away, Jurgen Klopp seemingly cannot stop thinking about next season. More specifically, he can’t stop wondering how to bolster his squad even further to ensure success in the long-term. Ah, what a man.
If you were to believe all the links, the German’s striker hunt has seen him target numerous individuals, but the current target isn’t the most conventional one. Indeed, according to reports from Globo Esporte, late last week, Liverpool are aiming to hijack the move for Fluminense striker Joao Pedro, who is being courted by fellow Premier League side, Watford.
The Reds are surely aiming for a striker to replace the departing Daniel Sturridge, but are probably barking up the wrong tree here. The 17-year-old striker’s taken to senior-level football for Fluminense very well, having scored 6 goals in just 3 appearances, averaging two goals per game.
However, there are no guarantees he’ll thrive at Liverpool.
As a matter of fact, he might sink amid the high-octane pressure around the Reds right now. Pedro isn’t Roberto Firmino, who came to Liverpool already a well-oiled machine after rising to prominence over in the Bundesliga. Frankly, he might flop under the Premier League’s intense environment and crumble down under all the competition attempting to overwhelm him.
The Brazilian has no European experience and Liverpool are taking a risk based on little scouting. While he could be the next Brazilian superstar, it’s equally as possible he ends up another underwhelming wonderkid. Pedro isn’t the lethal, experienced striker to immediately evolve their world-class attack.
With all the luxurious talent already coming up their academy *cough* Rhian Brewster *cough*, the 17-year-old’s an unnecessary gamble for Klopp.
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