12 Nov 2015

Top-Scorer Confirms: Liverpool want me, and I'm 'proud' of Klopp's interest. Another Lewandowski?

With Liverpool's ongoing injury crisis, the Reds may have to delve into the January transfer market for a new striker, and it appears that Jurgen Klopp is trawling the lower leagues for possible candidates.

According to Italian newspaper Tutto Mercato, Liverpool are tracking Pescara striker Gianluca Lapadula - currently Serie B's top goalscorer - and the Reds' seems to be legitimate.

When asked on Wednesday about Liverpool's alleged interest, Lapadula told reporters:

"I do not deny that I felt proud [of Liverpool's interest], but I must not think about it as that would be the perfect way to stop scoring".

Some info about 25-year old Lapadula:

* Striker, who can also play as a secondary-striker, or attacking midfielder.

* Spent eight years in the Juventus youth system.

* 11 goals/assists in 13 apps this season (6 goals/5 assists).

* Goal/assist every 99 minutes.

* Career total: 67 goals/assists in 112 games (Goal/assist every 121 mins)

* Hasn't suffered a single injury so far.

* Lapdula's response to his good form this season: "I did not expect a start like that, but I could've scored ten goals without my mistakes. This is a team full of quality we can go far".

In my view, this rumour feels far more legitimate than the countless other transfer rumours currently swirling around.

Jurgen Klopp has a history of plucking players out of nowhere and making them world-beaters. Robert Lewandowski, for example:

* In 2010, Klopp signed Lewandowski from Lech Poznan for a comparatively meagre €4.5m.

* At that point, Lewandowski - like Lapadulo - was basically unknown.

* Fast-forward five years, and after working with Klopp, Lewandowski is one of Europe's most effective strikers, and, according to his agent, is 'worth much more than £35m'.

Perhaps Lapadulo can be Liverpool's Lewandowski...?

Author: Jaimie K


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