27 Jan 2016

'He wants him': Molby insists Klopp is desperate to sign 'brilliant' €50m goal-machine

Over the last month, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has repeatedly refused to comment about Liverpool's alleged pursuit of Shakhtar Donetsk star Alex Teixeira, but according to Anfield legend Jan Molby, Klopp is definitely interested in signing the Brazilian attacker.

In his latest column for the Liverpool Echo, Molby hailed Teixeira as 'Technically good and sharp', and further added:

"If Liverpool are putting down nearly £25m, he [Klopp] wants him, you can be sure of that".

Recent developments:

* Jan 24: Sky Sports claimed: "Teixeira has told Shakhtar he wants to join Liverpool [and] his reps are waiting...to push through a move to Liverpool".

* Jan 25: Teixeira told Globesporte: "I am aware that Liverpool and Chelsea are interested. I want to further my career there [in the Prem]".

* Dec 2015: Shakhtar boss Mircea Lucescu claimed: "He [Teixeira] is the technical leader of my team and should also be the technical leader for Brazil. His value is 50m euros."

I remain unconvinced by the deal for the following reasons:

* Teixeira is 26 and has never been selected for the Brazil national team. How, then, is he worth €50m? In my view, it's concerning when players like Fred, 33-year old Kaka, and Ribeiro (who plays for Al-Ahli in the Arabian Gulf League) are deemed to be more worthy of selection.

* Liverpool have too many number-10s! At Shakhtar, Teixeira plays most of his games as a central attacking midfielder, so why spend £30m+ on another one, when it's patently obvious that the Reds need speedy attackers capable of providing genuine width?

* Like Coutinho, Lallana, Firmino, Ibe, Milber, etc, Teixeira is on the smaller side (5'8). Add in Aspas, Markovic, and Moses, and it's clear that a team stacked with smaller AMs doesn't work. Liverpool need variety in attacking positions, and Henderson aside, there are no tall, powerful attacking midfielders at the club.

* 'Brilliant' Teixeira is the focal point of Shakhtar's team; he is the main-man, and as Lucescu stats, he's the 'technical leader' of the side. Will he have the same responsibility at Liverpool? If so, then that means one of either Coutinho, or Firmino will end up constantly played out of position and/or on the bench (especially if Liverpool spend big bucks on another striker).

A number-10 should not be a transfer priority right now. There are (arguably) bigger issues to address, and if LFC are to spend £30m+ on a single player, it should go on proven, prolific striker, or a tall, tough, free-scoring wide man.

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Author: Jaimie K


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