This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
According to Le Parisien, Liverpool are interested in signing Neymar.
The Reds have been linked with France international Kylian Mbappe in recent weeks, but now it is being said they are chasing his PSG teammate Neymar as well.
The Anfield outfit are said to be one of six clubs looking at the 27-year-old, along with Manchester City, Juventus, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
It is impossible to doubt the Brazil international’s ability. For his current club, he has 57 goals in 67 matches, as well as 30 assists, whilst he managed 105 strikes and 76 assists for his previous club, Barcelona, in 186 games. Not only that, he has 61 goals in 102 cap for his country, and he also has a full trophy cabinet to boot.
Having said that, he is not the man that Liverpool need. He plays on the left-wing, and arguably the Reds’ best player at the moment, Sadio Mane, plays in the exact same position. The Senegal international has 13 goals and eight assists in 24 matches so far this season, and recently finished fourth in the Ballon d’Or rankings.
Neymar would likely to be able to reproduce that goal output – he has six in nine himself so far this campaign – but the defensive side of his game would be a terrible fit for Jurgen Klopp’s team. The former Santos man has just 0.5 tackles per game, as well as 0.3 interceptions in Ligue 1. Mane, meanwhile, has 1.6 and 0.7 respectively. In the Merseyside team, it is not all about goals and attacking contribution – just look at Roberto Firmino, for example, who has netted just four times this season yet has started 21 matches at centre-forward – and Neymar does not do enough going backwards.
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He is a wonderfully-talented player, but he is the last thing Liverpool need right now, especially as they chase their first league title for 30 years. For all his ability, it is hard to see the £162m-valued forward – as per Transfermarkt – being anything other than a distraction at the moment.
Meanwhile, one man brings danger and solidity for Liverpool against RB Salzburg.