In Focus: Liverpool would be better off steering clear of Alejandro Gomez

According to reports by Italian media outlet Tuttosport, via The Mirror, Liverpool have surprisingly added Atalanta attacking midfielder Alejandro Gomez, who is rated at £16.2m according to Transfermarkt, to their shortlist of potential replacements for Philippe Coutinho following his move to Barcelona over the weekend.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Tuttosport, via The Mirror, report that the Reds are keen on the 29-year-old, who has impressed for the Italian side in Serie A and in the Europa League group stages – where they beat Liverpool’s Merseyside rivals Everton twice.

However, it is understood that Atalanta president Antonio Percassi says the playmaker won’t be sold this month, with his team once again battling to qualify for Europe in the Italian top flight.

The Mirror adds that it will take a huge bid to convince the Bergamo-based club to sell before January 31 given that his contract doesn’t run out until 2022, and that is something that Jurgen Klopp may not be willing to stretch to given the influential attacker will turn 30 next month.

How has Gomez done this season?

The 5ft 5in Argentine has impressed, and the Atalanta captain continues to make a big impact for his team.

The 29-year-old has scored seven goals and provided a further eight assists in 25 appearances in all competitions for the Italian club this term, playing in a variety of different attacking positions.

Gomez has played on the left wing, as a centre-forward – as he did in the 2-1 win away at Roma last weekend – and in the No 10 role, and he has 33 goals and 34 assists in 126 appearances for the Serie A outfit in total.

According to WhoScored.com, he has also completed 67 of the 98 dribbles he has attempted in 23 outings in the Italian top flight and in Europe this season.

Would he be a good signing for Liverpool?

It’s difficult to say.

While he clearly has talent and can score and assist, there is no guarantee that he would adjust to Premier League football given his stature, while the fact that he turns 30 years of age next month would also be a huge concern given that Atalanta could demand a large fee for his services.

In addition he has never played for a big club where there is the pressure like there is at Anfield, and the Merseyside outfit would probably be better off looking elsewhere at someone like Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, even if he would be a much more expensive option.