Liverpool are desperate for a creative spark in the middle of the pitch, and Monaco’s disastrous start to the season could open the door for a move for World Cup sensation Aleksandr Golovin.
Chelsea were reportedly leading the race to sign Golovin after his wonderful World Cup campaign, but the Blues were beaten to the punch at the last moment.
Maurizio Sarri was chasing a midfielder who could carry the ball forward and create chances, and Golovin seems the perfect fit for that role.
Chelsea eventually opted for a loan move for Mateo Kovacic, but Golovin’s move to Monaco has not exactly gone to plan.
The Ligue 1 outfit have lost seven of their last ten games in all competitions, drawing the other three, and reports claim sporting director Michael Emenalo will soon be fired.
This chaos could open the door for players like Golovin to leave the club in search of European football, and he looks tailor made to be the Philippe Coutinho replacement that Nabil Fekir was supposed to be.
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Golovin was absolutely incredible at the World Cup, surpassing every expectation set for him. The 22-year-old grabbed one goal and two assists from the number ten position, but it’s his work rate that should really appeal to Jürgen Klopp.
During his time with both CSKA Moscow and the national team he has proved to be absolutely tireless, averaging just under two tackles per game last season and boasting a ridiculous 3.3 tackles per game at the World Cup.
He’s not just a hard worker though, completing 1.3 dribbles and 1.5 key passes per game in Russia this summer – impressive numbers for a creative player in a team that set up quite defensively.
The 22-year-old, valued at £27m by Transfermarkt, is versatile enough to play the advanced role in Klopp’s midfield three or even further forward, is a brilliant set-piece taker and, most of all, his combination of technique, vision and work rate makes him the perfect alternative to Fekir.
So, Liverpool fans, would you back a move for Golovin? Could he solve Klopp’s midfield problems? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…