30 Sept 2016

Klopp to Sign? Liverpool still want 'top-class' €7.5m striker who's like 'Vialli'. Klopp sent scouts already

Earlier this month, multiple reports claimed that Liverpool are considering a January move for Torino striker Andrea Belotti, and according to one prominent journalist, Jurgen Klopp's interest is real.

In Mid-September, TalkSport claimed:

"Liverpool are interested in [signing] Andrea Belotti...during the January transfer window. The Reds have been scouting Belotti in recent weeks...and have been impressed".

According to Gazetta dello Sport journalist Emanuele Giulianelli today:

"I can tell you Arsenal and Liverpool are already eyeing him [Belotti]. It won't be easy for Sinisa Mihajlovic to keep a striker who will attract a lot of important offers from around the Europe".

Some info about Belotti:

* 22-year old striker, who can also play as a winger, or a second striker. Cost Torino €7.5m.

* Palermo/Torino: 32 goals/16 assists (48) in 105 apps (One every 117 mins). One appearance for the Italy national team. This season: 7 goals/assists in 5 games (one ever 54 mins).

* Oct 2013: According to Emiliano Mondonico (Belotti's manager at Albinoleffe): "He [Belotti] is a top-class player; a muscly striker with an eye for goal. He reminds me of Gianluca Vialli"

* Jun 2014: Italy U20 coach Alberigo Evani raved: "There are few like him. He does double duty: he is the first defender for the team, and always makes an important contribution".

Belotti clearly matches the Klopp transfer template: cheap; relatively unknown; a hard worker who appears to prioritise defensive duty. Liverpool's poor history with Italian players aside, is Belotti worth a bid?


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