Bournemouth’s eye-catching midfielder David Brooks has everything he needs in his locker to succeed Philippe Coutinho at Liverpool, and Jurgen Klopp should most definitely make a move for him either in January or in the summer.
The Welshman has been in stunning form since his £11.5m summer arrival from Sheffield United, and as we head into Boxing Day, he has scored five goals and recorded one assist so far in his first ever season in the Premier League
There is a lot to admire about the 21-year-old’s game. His low centre of gravity enables him to be an effective dribbler of the ball and his work rate off of it is just an impressive. There is a hunger to the youngster’s game that cannot go unnoticed, whereas his immediate impact in top-flight football having previously made just nine Championship starts suggests he could go to the very top.
Against Brighton recently, Brooks stole the show with two goals in a 2-0 win, both strikes showcasing the many strings to his bow. The opener came from a well-timed run and instinctive, flicked header over Mathew Ryan, whereas the second was a long range strike from outside the box which rifled into the back of the net, similar to the way in which Barcelona star Coutinho used to hit them.
The Reds haven’t necessarily missed the little Brazilian since his £142m move to the Camp Nou, as they have since gotten to a Champions League final and sit top of the Premier League, but they do however miss that type of player in midfield.
This was evident in the Merseysiders’ pursuit of Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir back in the summer, only for him to fail a medical. That could be deemed as a blessing in disguise, however, as Brooks, four years younger than Fekir, may be the more suitable option.
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He has already proven himself at this level, appears to be a naturally fit player who rarely gets injured, and still has bags of potential yet to be filled – Brooks must be deemed as a priority signing by Klopp in the near future.