John Aldridge has urged Liverpool to swoop for Tottenham Hotspur winger Lucas Moura this summer, per The Irish Independent.
Lucas, of course, enjoyed a superb season for Spurs, particularly in Europe, as he scored the hat-trick that sent the club to the Champions League final.
His treble against Ajax – the final goal of which came in the last minute of injury time – sent the north London side to Madrid, where they lost 2-0 to the Reds.
However, Lucas was left on the bench for that game, with Harry Kane picked to start in his place after shaking off an ankle injury.
And Aldridge believes that the Brazilian could be convinced to move to Anfield this summer as a cheap alternative to mooted target Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid.
He said: “Antoine Griezmann has been mentioned as a possible target, but he would be a very expensive option as his transfer fee and wages would be extravagant for a player who would expect to start every week.
“So I wonder whether Lucas Moura could be prised away from Tottenham, as he had to be a little bemused to be left out of their Champions League final starting line-up after he scored a fantastic hat-trick in the semi-final against Ajax.
“Moura is a tricky forward who could slot into the team if any of the front three were out and the same could be said of his team-mate Son Heung-min, although I would be surprised if Spurs allowed the South Korean to leave after his outstanding season.”
Aldridge probably wouldn’t be making this argument if Lucas had started in the final. As he says, he could well have been a “little bemused” to be left out and one feels he would add some excellent depth to the Reds’ attack.
Clubs could well sense the same opportunity as Aldridge, to potentially make a move for Moura this summer, but Tottenham are very unlikely to sell to a divisional rival – excepting Kyle Walker’s move to Manchester City, the last top players Spurs let join elite Premier League clubs were Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov back in summer 2008.
Aldridge is unlikely to get his way here, then, but he has hit on a potentially important issue. Pochettino’s decision not to start the Brazilian in the Champions League final could well come back to haunt him.