26 Mar 2016

Marquee Transfer: Liverpool Reps fly out to watch 'wonderful' £30m Brazil attacker. Sign this summer?

Liverpool continue to be linked with a summer move for Paris St. German star Lucas Moura, and new reports today suggest that Jurgen Klopp is actively tracking the £30m-rated Brazilian attacker.

In December, multiple reports claimed that Liverpool had 'made contact' with PSG to discuss the the possibility of signing Moura, who allegedly wants to play for Klopp.

Now, according to Mercato 365:

* Liverpool remain interested in signing Moura this summer.

* Klopp sent scouts to watch him during the second leg of PSG's recent 2-1 Champions League victory over Chelsea.

One of Liverpool's biggest problems is the erratic end product of the club's attacking midfielders, but will Moura be any different? He plays for one of Europe's biggest clubs, so he's experienced the pressure that comes with relentless expectation, but his stats are comparatively average:

* 23 goals/37 assists (60) in 158 apps (Goal every 410 mins. G/a every 188 mins)

* Never scored more than 8 league goals in one season.

Is this worth the ridiculous fee Liverpool will inevitably have to pay to seal the deal? No chance. A goal every 410 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.

Even Moura's boss, Laurent Blanc, has expressed frustration with the Brazilian's paucity in front of goal. After failing to finish a straight-forward chance against Marseille Last season, Blanc told reporters:

"He [Moura] is a wonderful player [but] he must understand that an attacker must score goals. He is at a big club and he must progress quickly.”

Blanc's view matches my own: an attacking player's primary role is to score/create goals; everything else (including pressing/running etc) is secondary, and it's refreshing to see a manager of Blanc's stature reiterating this point.

In the Marseille game, Moura dribbled past six players to create the chance, but his shot was cleared off the line. The skill to achieve that is obviously admirable, but the point here is that it counts for nothing unless there's end product.

Moura's poor stats notwithstanding, 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 that experience with elite players should (in theory) help him hit the ground running in England.

Author: Jaimie K


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