Liverpool have all the attacking talent in the world, yet it’s imperative that they continue to improve heading into next season. We’ve seen in before with Manchester City, winning the league and following it up with the £60m purchase of Riyad Mahrez.
Frankly, Liverpool actually don’t have significant depth up front, on paper anyway, despite their success. Yes, Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri did provide some memorable moments in a season which saw the Reds crowned Kings of Europe for a sixth time, but the best teams do strive to improve every summer.
So, Liverpool have, in recent weeks, been linked with a potential £30m deal for Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser (as per the Sun towards the end of May). Indeed, that obviously sounds rather pricey but perhaps if he had a Spanish name and played for Sevilla we’d be thinking slightly differently.
The Scot was simply on fire last season, scoring seven and assisting 14 in 38 Premier League games. Impressively, only Eden Hazard claimed more assists with 15 and he’s just sealed a move to Madrid in a deal that could eventually reach £130m.
To directly compare Fraser with Hazard would be too much but, playing in a significantly team with far superior teammates will get you those figures. Additionally, according to Premier League stats, Fraser actually created 10 more ‘big chances’, which could help the Reds bring more goals throughout the team, aside from the attacking trident of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
Let’s put his stats into perspective quickly. Where Fraser claimed 14 assists this season alone, Shaqiri has 18 in 108 Premier League games, which is a pretty staggering difference.
With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain operating in a more central role than while at Arsenal, and Adam Lallana struggling to replicate the kind of form that made him such a key player in the early days under Klopp, Liverpool are certainly in need of attacking reinforcements.
Linked back in May, Fraser would be ideal in that role.
Liverpool fans, what would you think about a potential £30m signing of the Bournemouth man? Would he be a good squad player, or should Liverpool be looking for a higher calibre of signing? Comment below.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!