Not long has passed since the end of the transfer window, yet Liverpool are already looking ahead. According to the Mirror, the Reds are interested in young Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic who currently plays his football with Dinamo Zagreb yet could be available in the near future.
Dinamo have hinted that Brozovic could become available next summer yet Liverpool will face some Italian competition for the youngster. Genoa and Lazio are also monitoring his progress of the midfielder who Liverpool scouts analysed in Zagreb’s Champions League defeat against Porto. The Reds may struggle to tempt Brozovic to move to England – Italian football is more similar to that played in his native Croatia, whilst Italy is also a little closer to home. However Brendan Rodgers will hope that Liverpool’s international reputation might just seal the deal for the Reds.
Yet is Brozovic worth the hype. Well you can view the video below and see for yourself, yet I think he would be a good addition to the Anfield line up. As a box-to-box midfielder, the Croat possesses the ability to surge forward and play a deft pass yet can also track back and is excellent at winning back the ball.
With Rodgers realising that Steven Gerrard is in the twilight of his career he is desperate to find someone who might be able to fill the void the Liverpool captain will leave. Brozovic might just be that type of player.
Furthermore, regardless of the Gerrard scenario I still think the youngster would be a good signing. With Lucas Leiva getting repeatedly injured, Liverpool lack muscle in the midfield. Brozovic brings a tenacity to hunt the ball long after it has been lost – Rodgers critically needs those who can get him the ball back in order for his possession philosophy to succeed.
Questions will be asked about his youth and the level of football he has played. True Brozovic has only played in the Croatian Premier Division, a standard vastly inferior to the Premier League. However, the 19-year old has represented his country at U17, U18 and U19 level and is widely expected to win his first U-21 cap in the not so distant future. Additionally, the midfielder’s age may also be a benefit for the Reds should they choose to sign him. Brozovic has only played in the Croatian Premier League yet has the potential to improve above that standard. If Liverpool want their man, they should act now in order to bring him into a developing squad and let him adjust to the climate of the Premier League.
No transfer fees have been discussed with regards to Brozovic however I can hardly imagine that any fee will break Liverpool’s bank. There is no doubt that the midfielder is a talented individual yet whether he is capable of making the leap to the Premier League is another question. Brendan Rodgers is the only man with the power to find out the answer. Yet if the fee is cheap and the deal is good, it can hardly hurt anyone to give the lad a shot.
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