12 Oct 2015

Klopp's First Transfer? Liverpool keen to sign 'excellent' €25m attacker with 69 goals/assists in 109 games

Despite having four senior strikers in the first team squad, Jurgen Klopp is reportedly considering a January transfer move for 'excellent' Italian star Domenico Berardi, and wants to make the versatile attacker his first signing for Liverpool.

Klopp has allegedly been keeping tabs on Berardi for a while, and wanted to sign him for Borussia Dortmund, and on Saturday, a report in the Liverpool Echo claimed:

"Klopp's number one target...is Sassuolo stalet Domenico Berardi [who] is said to be one of the most exciting young stars in Italy".

Fabio Borini flashback! Brendan Rodgers' first signing was an Italian striker, and that turned out to be a compete failure. Klopp knows that he's doing though, right...?

Some info about Berardi:

* Versatile 6'1 forward who can play on both wings; as a lone striker, or a second striker.

* Berardi's agent on the 21-year old's best position: "He [Berardi] a winger, who does well in a 4-3-3 which best unlocks his power and potential. That said, he has so much technical quality and has the ability to play well in any position".

* 69 goals/assists in 109 games for Sassuolo (goal/assist every 1.5 games)

* Last season: 29 goals/assists in 35 games.

* 2013: Banned from international football for 9 months after failing to report to an U19 training camp.

* Arrigo Sacchi's view: "Berardi is a player of great talent, a modern footballer who plays for the team all over the field. He has liveliness, intuition, temperament and strength combined with a good technique."

* Jan 2014: Scored all four goals for Sassuolo in the club's 4-3 victory over AC Milan.

* According to Sassuolo, Berardi is worth €25m.

* Current contract expires in 2019, but Juventus appear to have first option on Berardi. In July, Sassuolo’s sporting director Giovanni Carnevali claimed: "We have an excellent relationship with Juventus. When the player is put on the market, they’ll have priority.”

The Reds clearly need wingers, so if this rumour is true, it means that Klopp has immediately zeroed-in on one of the club's main transfer priorities.

Liverpool have a poor history with Italian players, though, and signing another Serie A striker will probably not inspire much confidence in the fanbase.

29 goals/assist in Serie A is an excellent achievement, though, and Liverpool's luck with Italian player has to change sometime.

A good target?

Author: Jaimie K


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