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Liverpool could unearth their own Neymar in Antony

Liverpool have had a wonderful season so far, winning both the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup via nerve-shredding penalty shootouts.

Also, they could yet snatch the Premier League title away from Manchester City this weekend. Add into that another Champions League final appearance on Saturday week and it seems that Jurgen Klopp can do no wrong.

This amazing run suggests that the squad doesn’t need improving, but the German may well want to plan for the future, and his incredible success in the transfer market over the last few seasons could well be replicated this summer.

Among the mooted summer targets at Anfield is Ajax winger Antony, with the Dutch side reportedly demanding £50m for his services. This week, it was reported by Brazilian outlet UOL that Liverpool have made a concrete approach to the Amsterdam club for the 22-year-old.

If the Reds can get their man, who is also wanted by Manchester United, it could well be another Klopp masterclass.

Should Liverpool sign Antony?





Antony could be Liverpool’s Neymar

Antony could be Liverpool’s very own Neymar, with the two being markedly similar in playing style and statistics (via FBRef).

Compared to his positional peers in Europe’s big five leagues this season, Antony’s figures are fantastic. The Ajax gem features in the 99th percentile for both assists (0.78) and total shots (4.08) per 90 minutes.

The winger has also shown just how much of an attacking threat he can be, with 6.59 touches in the opposition box per match, ranking him in the 92nd percentile.

Neymar ranks in the 86th percentile for assists and the 77th for shots per 90, so there is certainly a comparison there to be made with Antony, who could develop brilliantly under a manager like Klopp. Just look at the improvements already in players such as Luis Diaz, who has taken his game to new levels since making the move to Liverpool, and the 22-year-old Brazilian could well follow suit.

Dutch scout Piet de Visser labelled the winger “wonderful” when Ajax signed him a couple of years ago, and with 12 goals and ten assists this season, Antony’s maturity and output would certainly please the Anfield faithful.

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Liverpool face a battle over his signature, with United also keen on Antony and his former boss Erik ten Hag now in charge of the Red Devils, so it could be a considerable task for the Merseysiders to persuade the winger to choose Anfield over Old Trafford.

AND in other news, Klopp eyeing £150m “wonderkid” who “suits Liverpool’s style”, it may be bye-bye Salah

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