12 Aug 2016

Late Transfer? Liverpool keen to sign 'incredible' €25m midfield 'machine' who's like 'Xavi'

Despite the recruitment of Marko Grujic, Liverpool continue to be linked with central midfielders, and new reports suggest that 'incredible' Inter Milan star Marcelo Brozovic remains on Jurgen Klopp's transfer wish-list.

Last month, Gazetta Dello Sport claimed:

"Liverpool and Arsenal are interested in signing Marcelo Brozovic, and Inter Milan will sell if they receive an offer of €25m".

According to Italian newspaper Tutto Mercato today:

"Brozović is still weighing up the chance to leave, and he is being tracked by Arsenal, Liverpool and AS Roma".

Some info about Brozovic, nicknamed the 'Croatian Xavi':

* 23-year old midfielder, who can play in a number of different roles, but operates mostly as a box-to-box midfielder for Inter.

* Inter: 8 goals/6 assists in 51 apps (Goal every 478 mins. G/A every 273 mins)

* Scouting Report (Strengths) "Technically proficient. Creative spark with excellent vision and passing. A real danger from distance".

* Scouting Report (Weaknesses): "Brozovic doesn’t possess the most imposing frame and his lack of strength, and poor ability in the air (36% duel success rate) could cause concern".

* Mar 2016: Croatian legend Mario Stanic enthused: "Brozo can read the game like few others. He knows when to go direct, and above all, he has quality. He is a machine. He resembles a German".

The immediate concern is obvious: what is Brozovic's best position? As noted in Four Four Two's scouting report:

"Versatile midfielder who can be used in a number of roles – central midfield, defensive midfield, attacking midfield and on the right flank".

Klopp just splurged £25m on a 'Jack of all Trades' who can play 'a number of different positions', so what's the point of signing yet another utility player? Right now, the club lacks options in two specialist midfield roles:

* Defensive midfield (Convert Can into a full-time DM already!)

* Deep-lying playmaker capable of intelligently dictating the pace of play.

Signing Brozovic is pointless unless he's a specialist in one of these roles.

The ability to play in five different positions doesn't win titles; specialists win titles. Just look at any title-winning team over the last 20 years, and the most important, game-changing players are invariably positional specialists.

Conversely, Steven Gerrard was the poster boy for Premier League versatility, and didn't win a single league title during his entire career.


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