8 Oct 2015

Massive Boost: Great news for Klopp/Liverpool as 'superb' £22m attacker is likely to miss LFC/Spurs game

If all goes well, Jurgen Klopp will be unveiled as Liverpool's new boss this week, and he'll need to swiftly turn his attention to the Premier League, as the Reds face a tricky away game at Spurs after the international break. Tottenham's form is just as erratic as Liverpool's this season, but new signing Heung-min Son has hit the ground running, and is a genuine match-winner for the London club. A fully-fit Son is a player to be feared, but luckily, it seems that the South Korean star will not be fit enough to face Reds.

Son - who cost Spurs £22m - sustained a foot injury during Spurs' recent 4-1 demolition of Man City, and according to the Evening Standard this week:

"Heung-min Son is unlikely to be risked in Tottenham’s game against Liverpool. The South Korea forward was ruled out for 'a few weeks' by Mauricio Pochettino [who] is cautious about bringing back players too quickly from injury".

Son has grabbed three goals in four games for Spurs, so this is great news for Liverpool, who are desperate for points after slipping to tenth place in the Premier League table.

Son - hailed by Franz Beckenbauer as a 'superb player' - had the chance to join Liverpool, but according to the Evening Standard , he rejected the opportunity:

"Son resisted overtures from City [and] Liverpool. Son’s camp have carefully mapped out his career and they consider Tottenham, a club where the forward is likely to play most weeks, a better option than Liverpool".

Son's decision makes sense: his top priority is playing time, and he's more likely to get regular games at Spurs than Liverpool or Manchester City, both of whom have bigger squads than Spurs.

Additionally, attacking players rarely thrived under Brendan Rodgers, and that may have factored into his decision. Under Rodgers' management, many of Liverpool's forward players regressed, and failed to reach/maintain, a consistent level of performance.

It's a shame that deal failed. Unlike Coutinho, Lallana, Firmino et al, Son is a tall, strong attacker, which is something Liverpool desperately need.

Rodgers favoured smaller, mobile attackers with a low centre of gravity (I love talking about Rodgers in the past tense!), and as a result, the Reds now lack variety in attack, which partly explains the team's creative paucity this season.

On form, Son and Christian Eriksen (another player Liverpool pursued for years) are a potentially devastating attacking duo, and if they click together (over a season), Spurs will become a serious threat to Liverpool's chances of finishing in the top five.

It's vitally important that Liverpool capitalise on Son's absence and get get a win against Spurs. After a poor start to the season, the Reds are already playing catch-up, and if results go the wrong way, the club will end up languishing in the bottom half of the table.

Hardly the ideal start to the Jurgen Klopp era...

Author: Jaimie K


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