Micah Richards believes Jack Grealish would continue to improve his game if he was to join a top side in the Premier League. In a recent Daily Mail chat with Chris Sutton, the former right-back has highlighted Liverpool amongst those the Aston Villa captain should consider moving to.
“He is a top Premier League player. When he plays with better players, it lifts him. Imagine if he was at Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City or Arsenal,” Richards said whilst analysing Grealish’s recent England performance.
A lot of sides have been interested in snapping up the 25-year-old recently, with the Reds named by Coral amongst the favourites to secure his signature window (via Tribuna).
Liverpool have plugged their leaks this window despite seemingly being hesitant with their funds. The long-awaited arrival of Thiago Alcantara will help improve their midfield struggles and Naby Keita’s recent turn in form will also give the reigning Premier League champions a boost in the engine room.
However, cult hero Gini Wijnaldum looks like he’ll be leaving the club next summer due to not yet signing a new deal. With less than 12 months left on his current contract, his time at Anfield could be coming to an end. This could open up the opportunity for a more attacking midfielder to come and slot into his place.
Grealish is a left-winger by trade but boasts extreme versatility. Last season he played across five different positions for Villa, including in the No.10 role and as second striker. He popped up with an impressive ten goals and eight assists across all competitions last campaign and is on track to beating those numbers already this term (via Transfermarkt).
New addition Thiago may not have the best goal contribution stats, but his passing percentage will be crucial in Liverpool’s midfield. He has played just one game for his new club so far but his performance against Chelsea saw him maintain a 90% passing accuracy, which in turn created a key pass towards Liverpool’s attack (via Sofascore).
Paired up with a heavy threat like Grealish, the two could strike a great partnership. Protected by Fabinho in the defensive midfield role, Thiago could pull the strings with his creative passes whilst Grealish ventures further forward to help out the front three.
The beauty of Liverpool’s attacking trio could also make for a lot of free roaming to catch the opposition off-guard. Roberto Firmino enjoys dropping deep which will leave room for Sadio Mane to drift in front of goal, opening up Grealish’s more preferred left-wing position for him to dominate.
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