10 Jul 2016

Anfield-bound? 'Amazing' €15m sensation wants Liverpool transfer; Klopp desperate to sign before July 22

The Ante Coric speculation continues to intensify, and new reports in Croatia suggest that Jurgen Klopp is intent on completing a deal before the end of July.

On Wednesday, the Daily Mail reported:

"Liverpool have made contact with Zagreb over Ante Coric, [who is] keen to join them".

Soon after, Croatian newspaper 24 Sata claimed:

* Liverpool have made a €15m offer for Coric, and Klopp wants the deal done before the Reds leave for their US tour on on July 22.

* If the transfer is completed after that, Klopp plans send Coric out on loan to Mainz for the season.

* Coric's representatives are impressed with Liverpool's proposal, and the youngster wants to sign for Liverpool.

Some info about the allegedly 'amazing' Coric:

* Attacking midfielder (central), who can also play in central midfield. 11 goals/15 assists (26) in 80 apps (One every 155 mins). 2 apps for Croatia.

* May 2016: Croatian newspaper Sportski Novoski claimed that Klopp personally called Coric to discuss a transfer.

I still don't get why Coric needs to leave Zagreb at the age of 19. Football is littered with cautionary tales of overhyped teenagers who signed for massive clubs far too early, and then ended up on the scrapheap and/or behind in their development. In Coric's case:

* He's already a Croatia international, and a first-team regular.

* Zagreb are in the Champions League next season, which will allow him to test himself against the best.

What is the point in leaving Champions League football to sign for Liverpool, who are not even in Europe?

Additionally, Liverpool are overloaded with number-10s, and it's doubtful that Coric will consistently get in the team ahead of Firmino, Coutinho, Mane, and Klopp's favourite, Adam Lallana.

If Coric wants to stunt his development, then he should sign for Liverpool. If he wants to continue playing first-team football every week, with the bonus of Champions League football, he should stay in Zagreb.


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