1 Aug 2016

Yes Please: Klopp wants 'world-class' £16m attacker who's 'supported Liverpool for 20 years'

A few months ago, Andre Ayew's brother confirmed that Liverpool rejected the chance to sign the Ghana international during his time at Marseille. Last summer, Brendan Rodgers and the club's Transfer Committee reportedly rejected Ayew a second time, but new reports this week suggest the Reds are now keen to bring Ayew to Anfield this summer.

According to The Telegraph:

"Andre Ayew [is] a target for Liverpool [who] are monitoring his situation closely and may make a bid".

This is a complete one-eighty from the club's previous position on £16m-rated Ayew. In May, the Daily Mail claimed:

"Ayew^ offered to play [for LFC] without wages until January [2016] to prove himself, but the Reds opted to pursue other players".

I called for Liverpool to sign Ayew on a free in May last year, but as usual, the club ignored an obvious bargain, and will now have to pay through the nose to seal the deal. Typical Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp tried to sign Ayew during his Dortmund reign, so a move to Anfield is not beyond the realm of possibility.

In a better team, with better players (and managerial stability), Ayew - described by ex-Ghana boss Kwesi Appiah as a'world-class' attacker - will almost certainly thrive. As a comparison: in his first season in the Premier League, Ayew outperformed Adam Lallana, who is older, and more established in English football:

* Ayew: 17 goals/assists in 35 apps (One every 172 mins).

* Lallana: 15 goals/assists in 49 apps (One every 243 mins).

Lallana cost £26m, and plays with vastly superior players, under (allegedly) one of the best managers in the world. Ayew played in a team that struggled to avoid relegation, under a journeyman boss who arrived mid-season, yet he *still* outperformed Lallana in the league.

Ayew - who has, but his own admission, 'supported Liverpool for 20 years' - also brings Leadership ability to the party, which is a major positive. According to Appiah:

"He [Ayew] is also a leader. When the team is in trouble he pushes all his companions to fight and not give up. It is important to have him available".

Liverpool are severely lacking real leaders on the pitch, and as the vice-captain of the Ghana national team, Ayew will (potentially) add an important leadership dimension to the team.

If the Reds are genuinely interested in Ayew, it may mean that Lazar Markovic is on the way out, and I'd take Ayew over the Serb in a heartbeat. Worth pursuing?


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