After experiencing a rather fragmented start to the 2015/16 campaign, now that Brendan Rodgers has finally been ousted at Anfield in favour of the charismatic figure of Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool Football Club seemingly have a great deal of re-building to carry out this term.
Although Klopp may not see fit to rid Merseyside of all the rather pointless additions his ill-fated predecessor brought to the club, the Reds will surely have to endure another busy transfer window this January in order to restore some undoubted quality back among the core of their starting XI.
The current season has seen a whole host of different names linked to Anfield, many of whom are likely to entice Liverpool fans ahead of what could be a very exciting period in their club’s upcoming history. However, although he certainly grabbed a few significant headlines whilst representing AC Milan in Serie A not so long ago, the potential signing of Alexandre Pato may not necessarily achieve quite the same effect…
As the Reds have certainly witnessed their fair share of transfer flops under the past succession of different managers at their club, would Pato really represent a bright move for Liverpool this winter, or should Jurgen Klopp ultimately look elsewhere to ensure a better deal for his new side?
Well, although this particular transfer story may seem somewhat like a non-starter on the surface, there could in-fact be something truly meaningful behind the Reds’ reported interest in the former Brazilian international. Pato remains just 26-years-old and he was once considered one of the standout strikers of his generation, so and if there’s still life in the current Sao Paulo man as we speak right in the here and now, Liverpool could potentially be on the end of a very shrewd move.
This is Jurgen Klopp we are talking about in charge of Liverpool nowadays of course, rather than the often lost looking figure of Brendan Rodgers in the Anfield dug-out. The former BVB manager is notorious for getting the very best out of his respective squad, especially among the flair players at his disposal. With a fit and firing Pato on board in 2015/16, Liverpool could well find themselves in much better shape indeed.
As the situation currently stands on Merseyside, the Reds somehow still look distinctly unable to score goals when they really need to. Christian Benteke remains a solid asset for Klopp, however, but he isn’t always fit to lead the front-line at Anfield. Danny Ings is another name to be struck with some frustrating injury woes this term and as for the now forgettable figure of Daniel Sturridge at Liverpool – well, the extent of his bizarre injury concerns seem to be growing more and more worrying by the week for the Anfield faithful.
Whilst Divock Origi also potentially represents a striker who could well impress under Jurgen Klopp one day, the up and coming Belgium international simply needs work at this stage in the proceedings.
Alexandre Pato could therefore embody a very smart move for Liverpool this winter, just as long as the club don’t spend way over the odds on the striker, as they have done with many previous transfer targets in the past. Lord knows when the South American front-man has performed to the very best of his ability very few top class strikers have come close to replicating his overall impact out on the pitch.
The 26-year-old star can prove a player every genuine football fan would honestly pay to watch. His level of technical ability inside the final third often works wonders for his team and the confidence displayed by Pato in one-on-one situations has been truly admirable to say the very least – so if the Brazilian striker somehow manages to rediscover his best form among the English top-flight this January, Liverpool fans could subsequently find themselves smiling rather heavily as a result.
That said, we all know that Pato isn’t exactly the most reliable and consistent asset in the modern era. He fell dramatically off the boil with AC Milan just a few short seasons ago, and as the Premier League will likely provide many more physical tests than any Serie A had to offer. Some sincere work on the training pitch must be carried out by the striker if he is to ever become a success in England.
As this deal could well represent a relatively low risk one for the Reds, however, Jurgen Klopp may as well cast his eye over the former Brazil international as he looks to improve the current options available to him at Liverpool across the January transfer window.