Midfield creativity has been a continuous issue that Liverpool have struggled to solve ever since the departure of Philippe Coutinho in January 2018.
The arrival of Naby Keita last summer promised so much yet has delivered so little whilst the prolonged absences of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana due to injury have not helped whatsoever.
Yet despite just nine of the Reds’ 84 goals coming from midfielders, the club still find themselves in a great position to win the Premier League this season whilst they will also fancy their chances of reaching a second consecutive Champions League final in May.
Such is the strength of both their vibrant forward line and their domineering defence, Liverpool may still achieve one of their two goals at the end of the campaign but to guarantee longevity in success, they must sign a creative talent.
According to Italian website tuttomercatoweb, the Reds could be about to swoop for Juventus play-maker Paulo Dybala in the summer. An undeniably talented player, many supporters may see the Argentine as the perfect signing for Jurgen Klopp’s style of football.
However, when you look at his stats for the current season, Dybala may not be the saviour that Liverpool need to cure their midfield problems. Having only scored four goals in Serie A during the 2018/19 campaign, the former Palermo star is on course for his worst return in six years whilst his record of six assists is far from impressive.
Although his presence in the Argentina national team has been sporadic to say least, when he has been given the chance to represent his country he quite simply hasn’t delivered, scoring just one in eighteen appearances.
Furthermore, having spent the vast majority of his career in Italy, Dybala may suffer from the same issues that his compatriot Angel Di Maria had to deal with when playing in England. The winger’s big money move to Manchester United from Real Madrid was a failure from start to finish as he failed to adapt to the pace and power of the Premier League. In a dismal campaign, Di Maria scored just four goals in 32 appearances before being sold to PSG a year after joining the Red Devils in 2015.
If Liverpool are to convince Dybala to move to Anfield, they will more than likely have to pay a fee which could break the British transfer record, especially when you consider the player’s glowing Serie A reputation. This therefore would undoubtedly be a huge risk for Klopp to take as if it backfires, it would cause the German a great deal of embarrassment and maybe alter the club’s transfer policy in the future.
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