Firpo could outshine Robertson in two areas if he makes Liverpool switch

This article is part of Football FanCast’s The Chalkboard series, which provides a tactical insight into teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Liverpool’s transfer window has been extremely quiet with just one arrival coming through the doors of Anfield so far.

They made a move to sign 17-year-old defender Sepp van den Berg for PEC Zwolle earlier in the summer but another defender could well make a move to the Reds.

Earlier in the window Marca reported that Jurgen Klopp’s men were interested in Real Betis’ Junior Firpo, who currently has a €50m (£45m) release clause.

Newspaper Diario de Sevilla, via Sport Witness have now claimed the Merseyside club are very attentive to signing him.

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After releasing Alberto Moreno, Liverpool are now short at left-back.

Andrew Robertson shone in that position last season, cementing himself as one of the top players in his role in the Premier League, making 2.2 tackles per game whilst also claiming a massive 11 assists, via WhoScored.

But there is a key area where Firpo could actually improve Liverpool.

In La Liga last season and indeed during the recent European U21 Championships, the left-sided Betis man was tremendous in his reading of the game and demonstrated terrific concentration.

For his country, he made a colossal 2.3 interceptions per game, whilst making one interception on average in the league for his club.

If you compare this to Robertson, he made just 0.8 in the top-flight for Liverpool. The Reds had less defending to do than Betis, who conceded 52 goals compared to the Anfield club’s 22.

However, during the U21 European Championships, he starred for a team that ultimately went on to win the entire tournament.

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In forward areas there is another area he could benefit, particularly in terms of his technical ability.

There is no doubting Robertson’s skill in creating chances but the arrival of the 22-year-old could give Klopp a slightly different dimension.

Firpo is an exceptional dribbler of the ball and made 1.3 for Betis per game in 2018/19, but he was also fouled 1.1 times per outing as well.

The Scot, on the other hand, made 0.8 dribbles and was fouled just 0.4 times every 90 minutes.

It’s unlikely Robertson would be dislodged, but the addition of Firpo can certainly give the Reds manager something extra to think about.

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