The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern are feeling confident in about their ambitions for the season despite the fact they failed to replace Philippe Coutinho in January.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have been on a fantastic run of form in recent weeks which has seen them strengthen their grip on the top-four in the Premier League and effectively secure their qualification for the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Plenty of the Reds faithful were feeling apprehensive about the capabilities of their side after their club’s hierarchy failed to reinvest the funds accumulated from the sale of Philippe Coutinho last month, but so far their current crop of players have coped remarkably well in his absence.
However, considering the enormity of the transfer fee Liverpool received for Coutinho and the calibre of player they have lost as a consequence, it is crucial that Klopp replaces the Brazilian magician next summer. According to the Spanish media outlet Diario Gol, Liverpool are interested in signing Marco Asensio from Real Madrid next summer, although they face competition for his signature from Juventus, Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Chelsea.
Clearly, Liverpool face some esteemed competition for the 22-year-olds signature, but that is hardly a surprise considering Asensio’s huge potential. The Spanish international has predominantly been deployed as a left-winger during his career at Real Madrid, but his plethora of qualities would allow him to comfortably slot into a number ten role behind Roberto Firmino at Liverpool.
On paper, Asensio (valued at £45 million by Transfermarkt) is an ideal replacement for Coutinho due to their technical and physical similarities. The fact that Asensio has already played under the intense pressure that arrives whilst wearing the iconic white shirt at Real Madrid is also a huge plus point for Liverpool, as there should be no reason for him to struggle to sympathise with the high expectations of the supporters at Anfield.
However, Liverpool’s success in signing Asensio hugely depends on whether they qualify for the Champions League or not this season, as failure to finish inside the top-four would certainly be a deal-breaker for the emerging La Liga star.