Liverpool have been superb so far this campaign.
They held a huge 22-point lead at the top of the Premier League prior to Leicester’s clash against Wolves on Friday night – which is the biggest such margin in the highest of English football’s top flight – whilst they are still unbeaten in the competition as well. With 13 games left, they need just six victories to confirm their inevitable status as champions, whilst they are still in both the Champions League and the FA Cup as well – it has the potential to be a monumental season.
Once the campaign is over, though, and the dust has settled, the Reds will be looking to progress and could add to their squad as they look to likely defend their title in England. A number of targets have already been thrown about – Timo Werner and Jadon Sancho to name but two – and, according to fcinternews.it, the Anfield outfit are also eyeing Marcelo Brozovic.
The Croatia international currently plays for Inter Milan, and is currently enjoying a fantastic campaign. The Nerazzurri are currently top of Serie A on goal difference, with the 27-year-old having played 21 out of 23 games to date. He has contributed three goals and five assists up until now, whilst he has also managed an average WhoScored rating in the division of 7.27 – only Romelu Lukaku, with 7.53, has managed more for Antonio Conte’s side.
The question would be, who would he replace in Jurgen Klopp’s XI were he to be recruited by the Reds? Looking at the stats, Georginio Wijnaldum’s place would be under real threat. Defensively, Brozovic has won 5.1 out of 9.6 duels per 90 minutes, whilst the Netherlands international has managed just 4.4 from 9.4, and the former has also won over 50% of his aerial duels – the same cannot be said for Wijnaldum.
Brozovic has also managed more interceptions – 1.4 to 0.7 – and has completed 18.2 final third balls per 90 minutes compared to the former Newcastle man’s 13.7. The former Dinamo Zagreb man is an all-action midfielder who would slot right in at Anfield.
There have been rumours that Wijnaldum could leave the club in the summer. But even if he stayed at Liverpool, Brozovic would still be hard done by not to get in ahead of the ex-PSV man were he to be signed. It remains to be seen whether a concrete move will be made – he has a release clause of €60m (£50m) for clubs outside of Italy – but his arrival would be something worth celebrating for the supporters.