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Liverpool: Junior Firpo can be the next James Milner

Liverpool: Junior Firpo can be the next James Milner

At elite clubs, they always want more even after reaching a level few of us can dream about. 

Liverpool should continue on this mentality, as even though they have their best squad in years, there’s always room for improvement. While battling for supremacy in England won’t be easy considering the financial power of some of their North West neighbours, FSG and Jurgen Klopp won’t accept being second best for much longer.

Indeed, if their stumbles and injury-crisis have proved anything in recent weeks, they need to add more depth to compete over more competitions. Unlike Manchester City, they don’t possess proper replacements and options to rotate with. In this situation, the need for utility players is increased by ten-folds.

However, it appears as if the Reds are looking to make some clever signings next summer. According to reports (via ESPN), Klopp could have his eyes set on Real Betis’ youngster Junior Firpo. A left-back by trade, the Spaniard can also operate as a left-winger and makeshift centre-back. He’s versatile enough to fulfil his defensive duties while adding the extra layer to his side’s attack.

He’s scored 3 goals and assisted 1 this season, including a brilliant goal and assist in Betis’ famous 4-3 win against Barcelona at Camp Nou. Even defensively, Firpo’s maintained a decent standard, averaging 1.6 tackles, 1.7 clearances and almost 1 clearance per match (stats via WhoScored).

As Liverpool are ready to let the erroneous Alberto Moreno go, Firpo can be a brilliant replacement. Not only is he defensively much more reliable than Moreno, but Firpo, who is valued at £22.5 million (by Transfermarkt), can also operate as another versatile figure to add unpredictability to Liverpool’s game.

A squad player who can win precious points on his own, Firpo could be moulded into the next James Milner if used properly by Klopp.

Liverpool fans, do you think Junior Firpo could be a clever signing? Join the discussion by commenting below…

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