It’s going to be a busy summer for Liverpool.
After a 2015/16 Premier League campaign that saw the Reds finish eighth, an overhaul of the squad is expected as manager Jurgen Klopp looks to build a side capable of carrying out his high-energy pressing tactics.
There have been signs of improvement under the German, with two finals being reached, but with a club that prides itself in being first, losing cup finals count for little.
Klopp will already have in mind areas he wants to improve to bring some silverware to Anfield. He’s bought in Loris Karius in a bid to improve the goalkeeping and many more players are being linked with moves to join the Reds.
Another position Klopp may be looking at is centre-forward with Daniel Sturridge, although fit recently, set to have injury concerns indefinitely, Divock Origi having much to learn and Danny Ings also recovering from an injury lay-off. Throw into the mix that Christian Benteke has failed to impress the German may want to bolster his attacking ranks.
This week TuttoMercatoWeb that it could be Edinson Cavani on his way to the club as the answer, but whilst he has goalscoring pedigree he may not be what the club need.
With this in mind, we at FootballFanCast think these FIVE reasons show the Uruguayan isn’t the man for the Anfield outfit…
At the age of 29, the former Napoli forward is beginning to enter the last few years at the top of the game. Liverpool seem to have a transfer policy of buying young players that can improve at the club and with a manager like Jurgen Klopp who also appears to believe in investing in youth, a deal involving Cavani to the Reds doesn’t seem to make sense in regards to these factors.
There would be doubts over the PSG man’s ability to adopt Klopp’s playing style – the German wants fast mobile players with a high work rate. Cavani certainly works hard for his teams, but he may not be quick enough to fully adapt to the way the Liverpool manager wants his players to attack.
Again with his age, the playing style cannot really be trained into him and as it won’t be natural to him either he just wouldn’t fit as well as he does at PSG.
The Uruguayan would boast a hefty price tag along with substantial wages. Whilst Liverpool could probably afford the whole package, how much of their budget would it take up? Probably almost all of it.
The Reds could buy two or three players and pay their wages for the cost of Cavani and in doing so try and get players that Klopp can train into how he wants them to play.
Cavani is probably quietly happy about Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaving PSG as it means he can finally get his chance to be the main striker for the Parisian side. However, if Liverpool sign him he’ll be competing with Daniel Sturridge for the limelight and whilst both might get on in front of the cameras at least, neither would want to yield from being the main man up top and this would cause friction.
If Liverpool are to get towards the top four any time soon they need players that are hungry to play and have the desire to return the club to the Champions League. Typically younger players are better suited to do this and there’d be a question mark over whether Cavani wants to come in and have to battle to get the club up the league table when he’s used to waltzing to league titles in France.