Champions of Europe Liverpool have been linked with a move for the striker they disposed of in their emphatic semi-final drubbing of Porto.
Liverpool’s unbreakable forward line-up of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah may be joined by a new face this summer in the form of FC Porto talent Moussa Marega, having been linked with a move to Anfield by Foot Mercato journalist Sebastien Denis.
The centre-forward, who would almost certainly be challenging current no.9 Firmino, has produced some pretty impressive statistics this season that go toe-to-toe with some of the best in Europe. In fact, despite firing blanks in both games against the Reds on their road to Madrid, according to BBC Sport, the Mali international sits pretty on six goals Champions League goals and two assists; the same as Cristiano Ronaldo and marginally better than Sergio Aguero (six goals and one assist), Neymar (five goals and two assists) and Mohamed Salah (five goals and two assists).
Is this form enough to topple Roberto Firmino?
Liverpool introduced the dynamic Brazilian to English football back in the summer of 2015 and since then he has appeared in 192 games for the Reds, becoming a key member of Anfield’s formidable front three with a magic 66 goals and 42 assists to his name. Impressive stuff.
Info : l'OM lorgne Moussa Marega (28 ans). Andoni Zubizarreta a même sondé le terrain auprès du FC Porto. Deux problèmes, le club portugais réclame 30 M€ pour libérer celui qui a mis 6 buts en LdC l'an passé. Et Liverpool et West Ham sont chauds sur le dossier et mieux armés. pic.twitter.com/pEkdqrnVgX
— Sébastien Denis (@sebnonda) June 11, 2019
On the other hand, though Marega has been impressive this season – helping himself to a tidy 21 goals and 11 assists – it would be a tall order to suggest that he had the ability to dislodge Firmino from the starting berth.
But that isn’t to say he would be a terrible signing.
As it stands, Divock Origi is the only other experienced centre forward option Liverpool have available to them. And while he’s scored some pretty memorable goals, including the decider in the Champions League final and brace against Barcelona, he was hotly tipped for a move away from in January for a reason, having appeared in just 73 minutes of Premier League football before the start of the new year. In contrast, Marega has produced 47 appearances totalling 3,955 of game time in a decent European league.
It’d be hard to deny Origi’s status as a cult-hero right now considering his European exploits and that late, late winner against Everton but the Malian international in question has a track record of scoring goals at a fairly pedigree.
At the very least, then, the £27 million-rated (Transfermarkt) star’s experience and apparent talent in front of goal could provide some healthy competition.
Liverpool fans, would you welcome Moussa Marega? Do you think he could challenge for starting spot? Let us know in the comments below…