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Liverpool’s latest attacking target isn’t a luxury, he’s a necessity

Liverpool’s latest attacking target isn’t a luxury, he’s a necessity - Liverpool

Liverpool are looking to add Napoli marksman Lorenzo Insigne to their already frightening attack according to La Republica, but buying more forward men shouldn’t just be seen as a luxury.

Liverpool already have what is regarded as one of the deadliest forward lines in Europe, so many Reds fans will turn their nose up at the prospect of spending what will be a very large amount of money on another forward with four years left on his contract. Yes, they do still need to focus on improving in the centre of the park, but they must not stagnate up front.

The introduction of Xherdan Shaqiri and the return of injury-prone Daniel Sturridge have added some depth to Liverpool’s attack but they have been incredibly lucky, both this season and last, on the injury front. Besides that, the form of their existing three will not always be as prolific as they have been, and we’re seeing that now.

In the existing system he has Roberto Firmino, Mohammad Salah and Sadio Mane in a fluid three. They have the ability to drift across the front line to create space and counter-attack quickly, and this adaptability and speed is key in transition from winning the ball to attacking the opposition’s box.

Since his arrival Mohammad Salah has been so effective at finding his way between the full-back and the centre-half, making him a nightmare to mark down the right wing. Insigne has the same capabilities down the opposite flank and the two could be deadly as they cut in to link up with each other or their other attacking talents.

The right-footed 27-year-old is known for his wing play down the left and has the ability to play as a striker. As Liverpool saw in the Champions League group stage earlier this season, Insigne would be the perfect fit for Klopp’s attack.

Look across to Manchester and they have Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, Bernando Silva, Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero all capable of playing right across the front three. Yes, they’re playing in all four competitions still, while Liverpool are focusing on the league and Champions League, but isn’t four trophies what Liverpool should be aiming for?

The Reds broke the bank to acquire Virgil Van Dijk last January and Allison in the summer, now they must keep improving their squad right up the pitch, even their front three.


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