Liverpool could finally land a Philippe Coutinho replacement for Jurgen Klopp amid their reported interested in signing Rodrigo De Paul from Udinese.
It was suggested recently that the Reds are considering a move for the Udinese playmaker, as they look to sign a midfielder to replace Georginio Wijnaldum, who looks likely to join Barcelona when his Reds contract expires in the summer.
Leeds were heavily linked with the 26-year-old during the summer but the recent report suggests that he is more enamoured with Liverpool’s ‘project’, which could give the Reds the advantage in any transfer negotiations.
Whilst De Paul would arrive as a replacement for the outgoing Wijnaldum, he is not as much of an all-rounder as the 30-year-old Dutchman, and a better comparison would be with former Liverpool ace Coutinho.
The Brazilian departed in January 2018 for a club-record £142 million after establishing himself as one of the best creative players in the Premier League during his time with Jurgen Klopp’s side; contributing 54 goals and 45 assists in 201 appearances for the Reds.
Goals from midfield is something that Liverpool have lacked since Coutinho’s departure, with Jordan Henderson and Wijnaldum currently tied on one goal in the Premier League this season, as the top-scoring midfielders in Klopp’s side.
Therefore, adding someone such as De Paul would add a new dynamic to the Reds’ midfield and perhaps take the pressure off the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to provide the goals, as when they have been disappointing in recent fixtures Liverpool have struggled to score goals as a result.
In Coutinho’s last full season with the Reds, he would contribute 13 goals and seven assists in the Premier League, also winning eight man-of-the-match awards and averaging a superb 7.56 rating.
Both the Brazilian and the Argentinian’s strengths include key passes, dribbling and long-shots, so it seems clear that they have a similar style of play, and this goal-scoring threat from midfield is certainly something the Reds have arguably lacked since Coutinho joined Barcelona.
De Paul’s former manager Julio Velasquez was full of praise for the 26-year-old, saying:
“He lacks absolutely nothing, he could play in any club in the world. He has also improved on the defensive level and in attack, he improves the team.”
Therefore, with the midfielder reportedly available for £30 million, Michael Edwards must swoop for the Udinese ace, as he could add something completely different to Klopp’s midfield.
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