Liverpool have been linked with a move for Marco Asensio this summer, and now a new update has emerged on the club’s potential on signing the player before they return to action in the Premier League next month.
According to 90min, Jurgen Klopp wants Liverpool to sign Real Madrid winger Asensio this summer.
It was reported earlier this week that Los Blancos are growing tired of the attacker’s attitude and have now slashed his asking price from £42m to £21m.
There is no doubt that Liverpool already host a hugely talented squad in terms of their forward line, but with Divock Origi, Taki Minamino and Sadio Mane all leaving Anfield this summer, it would be advantageous to bring in another attacking threat to assist with goal contributions over the season ahead.
Asensio who was hailed a “ruthless finisher” by journalist Andrew Gaffney has been a reliable performer over the years at Real Madrid, scoring 49 goals and delivering 24 assists over 235 appearances and winning three La Liga titles alongside three Champions League trophies.
Klopp could even have Coutinho 2.0 on his hands if they were to seal a deal for the Spanish winger this summer, as the former Liverpool attacker was one of the most comparable players to Asensio last season according to FBref.
Although the Brazilian winger completed more passes (802), more assists (3) and started more games than Asensio, the Real Madrid attacker scored more goals (10), had a far better accuracy for shots on target (48.4%) and had a better success rate in pressures (23.9%).
FSG may feel that with the signing of Darwin Nunez, Luis Diaz and Fabio Carvalho since the turn of the year as well as the new contract extension for Mohamed Salah, that Liverpool have enough going forward to compete at the highest level currently.
Nevertheless, Asensio would certainly inject another winning mentality alongside clear quality in front of goal and with his asking price slashed in half it could be the golden opportunity for Liverpool to strengthen further at a very low price.
With that being said, if the reports are true Klopp wants to sign Asensio it is clear that he envisions building a much stronger forward line by adding a player that has earned experience playing for one of the most successful clubs in the world, and FSG should carefully consider the potential.