21 Dec 2015

Mega-Deal? Klopp tells FSG to sign 'extraordinary' €45 attacker who wants Liverpool transfer

Earlier this month, reports in France claimed that Jurgen Klopp is actively pursuing 'extraordinary' PSG winger Lucas Moura, and with the January transfer window just around the corner, Liverpool continue to be linked with 23-year old Brazil international.

On December 11th, Le10 Sport claimed that:

* Liverpool have 'made contact' with PSG to discuss the the possibility of a January deal

* Klopp is keen to sign the 23-year old attacker, and Moura allegedly wants to play for Klopp.

On Sunday, Calciomercato reported:

"Lucas Moura is ready to leave PSG, and he is wanted by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp , who has asked the LFC hierarchy to buy him for next season".

One of Liverpool's biggest problems is the consistent failure of the club's attacking midfielders to regularly score/create goals, with the likes of Firmino and Lallana seemingly struggling to handle the pressure/expectation.

Will Moura be any different?

The Brazilian - who cost PSG €45m - plays for one of Europe's biggest clubs, so he's experienced the pressure that comes with relentless expectation, bit his stats are middling at best:

* 19 goals/34 assists in 138 apps (Goal every 437 mins/Assist every 244 mins)

* This season: 5 goals/1 assist in 21 games (1 every 241 mins).

* Never scored more than 8 goals in one season (all competitions) for PSG.

Is this worth the extortionate fee Liverpool will inevitably have to pay to seal the deal? Absolutely not, IMO. A goal every 437 minutes is poor, and if Moura struggles to consistently score in French football, it's unlikely that he'll do any better in the Premier League.

That said, it'll make a refreshing change to sign a player from one of Europe's top clubs and not from a mid-table (or worse) Premier League/Bundesliga club. Moura plays with the likes of Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Motta, Pastore, Veratti, and Cavani, and playing that experience with elite players should (in theory) help him hit the ground running in England.

A viable option?

Author: Jaimie K


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