8 Mar 2017

Replace Coutinho? Liverpool reps fly out to watch 'special' €60m attacking sensation; Klopp wants deal

Liverpool are once again being linked with a summer move for one of Ajax's most exciting players.

In February, Le360 Sport claimed:

"Liverpool are closely following Hakim Ziyech, and Jurgen Klopp has personally sent Liverpool Reps to to scout him this season"

According to reports in Holland this week:

* Liverpool are still tracking Ziyech, and club Reps have scouted the Moroccan international 'often' this season.

* Klopp is 'very impressed' with Ziyech, and sees him as a potential replacement for Philippe Coutinho.

* Ajax will sell, but after only signing Ziyech in August, the club wants a €60m transfer fee.

Over the last couple of years, Coutinho has been constantly linked with a move to Barcelona, so it makes sense for Klopp to be looking at potential replacements. Some info about Ziyech, hailed as a 'special' player by Rafael Van Der Vaart:

* 23 year old attacking midfielder. Contract expires: 2021

* Last 4 seasons: 108 goals/assists in 142 apps (One every 106 mins)

* This Season: 23 goals/assists in 32 apps (One every 105 mins)

* ESPN Scouting Report: "Lightning fast and agile. Left-footed, but possesses a decent right foot. Dribbling skills are exquisite. Vision is supreme. Keen eye for goal. Great dead-ball specialist. Potentially world-class playmaker".

* According to ESPN: "Ziyech would dearly love to play for Barcelona and Arsenal, the two clubs who he has supported all his life".

* Dec 2015: Klaas Jan van der Veen of SoccerNews.nl noted: "Ziyech used to get very angry when fouled, but he learned to behave and became a star. Ziyech is a true No. 10 who likes to take a lot of risks with his passes and always thinks forward."

A player with a bit of anger and passion? Yes please! Ziyech certainly has a consistently good goals/assists record, and at 23, he's arguably at the right age to make the step up to the Premier League. Plus, unlike Coutinho (who was a bit-part player at Inter - Ziyech is playing regularly for his current club, and has a better creative record.

€60m is fantasy land, but for the right price, is Ziyech a viable target?




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