We are almost a third of the way through the transfer window, giving clubs just over 20 days to bring in new recruits.
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Liverpool, though, are unlikely to be busy towards the end of the month. Takumi Minamino has already signed, of course, coming in from RB Salzburg, whilst Joe Hardy has also been signed from Brentford. Jurgen Klopp has already said that it is unlikely any fresh business will be done.
Therefore, the Anfield outfit’s hierarchy will be looking towards the summer. And, according to Goal.com, the Reds are targeting 22-year-old Leon Bailey as a cheaper alternative to Jadon Sancho. The £33.3m-valued Bayer Leverkusen man – as per Transfermarkt – has three goals and one assist in five Bundesliga starts this term.
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But would he be a good addition for the Premier League leaders? We asked four Football FanCast writers for their verdicts.
“Whilst Liverpool are running away with the Premier League this season, the art of staying on top is making sure you are constantly looking to improve. And if the Reds can swoop for Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey, he may be the man to keep Liverpool on top. Despite the Jamaican not really exploding this season with just four goals across all competitions to his name, his underlying numbers paint a far more impressive picture on what he could potentially give the Reds.
“When comparing his and Mohamed Salah’s domestic league stats, Bailey averages far more dribbles (2.1) and gets fouled more per game (1.3) too. The 22-year-old is always looking to drive at the opposition defence, and judging by the amount of times he gets brought down, he shows a great mentality in not letting that stop his natural game. Whilst Jadon Sancho is the talk of the town at the moment, Bailey could be a hidden gem for Liverpool.”
“I think Bailey is a wonderful player – talented, quick and still with huge potential for the future. If Liverpool are looking at him as a player who can add depth, sure – as long as the price is right for such a deal, I’m all for it. But at the moment, there’s no way that he actually breaks into the first team so for me, this is one to avoid if the price is not absolutely right. Overpaying for a bench-warmer should not be on top of Jurgen Klopp’s priority list. Not to mention that with the arrival of Takumi Minamino, they are seemingly not in dire need of additional attacking reinforcements.”
“Bailey could actually be a signing that makes more sense than Sancho for Liverpool. While the Englishman would be a glamorous name who can excite fans and produce on the pitch, it seems hard to see how he could get a nailed down place in the team, considering the options Jurgen Klopp already has at his disposal. With that in mind, Bailey could be an option who provides backup for the attacking options Liverpool have, while acting as a cheaper alternative. He would still be an upgrade on current backup options though, as Xherdan Shaqiri averages just 0.4 key passes and 0.4 dribbles per league game this season, whereas Bailey records 1.4 and 2.1. The only question is whether the Jamaican would be content with being a backup.”
“I just don’t think this is a move worth making for Liverpool. They don’t really need any attackers given their world-class frontline, and it also remains to be seen where Takumi Minamino will fit in as well given Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane’s excellence up top and the Reds’ packed midfield options as well.
“By bringing Leon Bailey to Anfield, it would only make it harder for Jurgen Klopp to keep everyone happy when he already isn’t giving much game-time to the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi, who have made just two and four Premier League starts respectively this season. It is very much a case of quality over quantity needed at Anfield right now with few players in world football being able to offer an upgrade on what Klopp has at his disposal, so Liverpool should avoid moving for Bailey.”
In other news, Liverpool are still behind Manchester United in one key area.