Liverpool supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side narrowly beat Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor to maintain their excellent unbeaten run in the Premier League, while at the same time consolidate their fourth place position in the table.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into the New Year off the back of successive victories over Swansea City and Leicester City, in turn extending their unbeaten streak in the league to 12 matches. And they soon made that 13 with a hard-fought success against Sean Dyche’s Clarets on New Year’s Day, with Ragnar Klavan heading home the winner in the fourth minute of added time after Johann Gudmundsson had moments earlier cancelled out Sadio Mane’s wonderful first half strike.
Thus, there have been many delighted Liverpudlians in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are daring to dream about what their team could go on to achieve in 2018, be it domestically or in Europe.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Reds fans to get their teeth into, not least recent comments from club hero John Aldridge backing the Merseyside giants to make a move for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez this month, in a bid to replace the Barcelona-bound Philippe Coutinho.
The future of both stars has been subject of speculation for a while now, what with Sanchez’s contract at the Emirates Stadium up in the summer, while Coutinho was subject of several bids from the Spanish giants during the close season only for Liverpool to stand firm and reject them all.
Yet Aldridge reckons that his former side should make a ‘sneaky’ move for Sanchez in anticipation of Coutinho’s departure, and Klopp should certainly heed the advice of the 59-year-old if he is to minimise the impact of the Brazilian’s likely departure.
Ultimately, in the last few seasons, there haven’t been many better players in the Premier League than Sanchez, who arguably single-handedly carried Arsenal to fifth place in the division last term, netting a staggering 30 goals and laying on 19 assists in all competitions, 24 goals and 11 assists of which came in the league.
And given that, since his arrival in England back in 2014 from Barcelona, he has managed at least 17 goals in every full season in North London, it’s fair to say that the Chile international has proven his credentials in the English game – something not all big money signings over the years have been able to do.
Add in his ability to lead from the front, be it applying pressure as the main man or chasing down lost causes (which was hugely evident last season), as well as a capability to play anywhere across the frontline, and Sanchez would be an ideal signing for any club in the country – there’s a reason Pep Guardiola reportedly wants a reunion at Manchester City.
But for a Liverpool side likely to lose one of their most influential stars, the man who has made them tick in the last few years, in the next few weeks, it is they who need the Chile star the most. It’s a no brainer.
As such, Klopp must heed Aldridge’s advice and make a move for the £63 million-rated (as per Transfermarkt) this month.
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