Transfer Focus: Dybala an unnecessary expense for Liverpool

According to Italian football media outlet TuttoMercatoWeb, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are serious about signing Juventus striker and Argentina international Paulo Dybala in the summer transfer window.

What’s the word, then?

The 25-year-old has been the subject of much speculation over his future in recent weeks.

Dybala is a versatile left-footed forward who can operate in virtually every position in the attack, be it leading the line or dropping back into attacking midfield and more, making him an attractive prospect to most teams and leading to him inevitably being mooted as a potential successor to Philippe Coutinho by some sections of the Anfield faithful.

He first arrived in Italy in 2012 after leaving his native land and Dybala’s league record since then is a mightily impressive one, standing at 212 appearances, 77 goals and 44 assists.

Liverpool don’t need a Coutinho replacement

In spite of Dybala being one of the hottest attacking properties in world football, he’s just not needed at Liverpool and that’s why Klopp shouldn’t bother with what is likely to be a very expensive pursuit.

The Reds possess arguably the best front three on the planet, comprising of the famous trio Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, not to mention strong back-up options – Daniel Sturridge, wonderkid Rhian Brewster and Divok Origi.

Now, many supporters believe that a number ten is needed to supplement this supremely-talented front three to fill the Coutinho void after he left in January 2018.

But if there’s one area the Merseysiders clearly need to strengthen this summer, it’s certainly not the attack as it’s hot on the heels of Manchester City’s as the highest scoring in the league this season.

And if Liverpool decide that in certain situations they may need to use a No.10, a new one really isn’t required with Roberto Firmino more than capable of dropping back to fill in. Klopp hasn’t utilised Xherdan Shaqiri to his full potential this season either, but the Switzerland international is another strong option for that role.

While Dybala would be a nice, fancy, crowd-pleasing addition for Liverpool, they really should be looking at a different recruitment area in the summer transfer window – chiefly, adding goals and assists to Klopp’s central, rather than attacking, midfield options.