Liverpool face one of the biggest summers in their history. This may sound like hyperbole, but no matter how their season ends, recruitment must be spot on at Anfield for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Get into the Champions League and the Reds need to take advantage of the added appeal that brings – something they failed to do in 2014 – while if they do indeed miss out, bringing in the sort of players to ensure that a mid-season slump doesn’t occur again will be essential.
One man supposedly on their transfer radar is Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon, with BT Sport’s Julien Laurens having suggested that the striker is a player they want. So, it’s likely scouts from the club will have been, in some form, watching Les Gones as they beat Metz 3-0, and while the man they are alleged to be after impressed with another goal, his team-mate Nabil Fekir stole the show…
The versatile attacker was the Man of the Match as he completed six dribbles – more than any other player on the pitch – made three key passes – one of which was an assist – and fired three shots at goal, all while having 71 touches and completing 94% of his passes.
All of the above hints that he could function well in a Klopp XI, with the energetic France international an able option to slot in for any of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino or Sadio Mane without the need to sacrifice the playing style the German likes – which might be the case with Lacazette, who operates as a central forward.