Liverpool have been heavily linked with a move for Barcelona attacker Ousmane Dembele in recent weeks, but they should forget about the Frenchman and sign Belgian winger Thorgan Hazard following his latest display for his country on Sunday.
Well, The Mirror reported last month that the Reds were on high alert following a story that the La Liga giants were ready to sell the 21-year-old, who would likely cost the Merseyside outfit a club-record fee if he was to be prised away from the Camp Nou.
It would certainly be no surprise if Jurgen Klopp did want to provide some more competition for the likes of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah in attack with the front three struggling to make the same impact that they did last season, and the link to Dembele suggests that is the case.
Meanwhile, Hazard was given the nod as part of an attacking trio alongside Romelu Lukaku and his brother Eden for Belgium’s UEFA Nations League clash against Switzerland on Sunday – a match they knew they had to avoid losing by two clear goals to qualify for next summer’s finals.
The Borussia Monchengladbach ace completely outshone his world-class sibling against Switzerland and gave the visitors an early two-goal lead, before Roberto Martinez’s men collapsed to eventually lose 5-2 and miss out on a place in the last-four.
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According to WhoScored, the winger had a passing accuracy of just under 97% and produced two key passes – two more than his brother’s zero – while he found the net twice with his four efforts on goal whereas Eden failed to from the same number.
The brace continued a fine start to the 2018/19 campaign for Hazard, who has scored 10 goals and provided a further five assists in 13 appearances in all competitions for the Bundesliga outfit so far this term.
It is the sort of form that proves that the wide man is ready to take the next step and he would certainly be a more affordable signing for the Reds than Dembele, although they could face competition from Chelsea who are surely following the progress of a player they sold in 2015.