Jack Grealish is having some campaign with Aston Villa, at least from a personal point of view.
The 24-year-old has been the Villans’ creative force so far this campaign, with six goals and five assists in 20 appearances. Although the Midlands outfit are struggling towards the bottom of the Premier League table – they currently sit in 18th place and in the relegation zone – that is through no fault of the team’s captain: he has done all he can.
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His stellar displays have seen him linked with some of the biggest clubs in the country, such as Manchester United, and a number of pundits have suggested he should be a target for Liverpool. Both Andy Gray and Danny Murphy have suggested he would get into Jurgen Klopp’s side, with the former saying: “I think is better than Keita. I think he’s better than Wijnaldum.”
It is hard to argue that he would improve Liverpool’s team. In fact, such has been the quality of his performances, he may just finally be able to replace Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazil international may have struggled to make it at Barcelona – he is now on loan at Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga – but we must not forget just how good he was at Anfield. In his last full campaign, the 27-year-old scored 13 goals and provided seven assists in 31 league matches.
Grealish has already almost matched the latter of those two stats and, although he has some way to go in the former, he is very similar to the former Inter man in a number of areas. During that aforementioned campaign, Coutinho managed 2.1 key passes and 2.3 dribbles per game. This term, Grealish has 2.7 key passes and 2.2 dribbles. Their passing stats are also very similar as well – Coutinho had a pass accuracy of 83.9% that term compared to Grealish’s 85.2% this time out.
Under Klopp, the Villa skipper would perhaps even improve considering that he would have more of the ball to be able to control the play. Some Liverpool supporters may not be his biggest fans, but they cannot doubt just how good he was from a creative point of view. In a similar position, Grealish is very much the same. Liverpool could do a lot worse than taking him to Merseyside.
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