10 Sept 2016

Boss Confirms: 'Aggressive' £30m striker wanted by Liverpool is 'ready to play' and 'score goals'

In July, Liverpool reportedly submitted an official offer for Sporting Lisbon star Islam Slimani, and at the time, I argued that he'd probably reject the Reds for a Champions League team, and that's exactly what happened; Slimani signed for Leicester, and according to Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri, the £30m record signing is ready to play against Liverpool tomorrow.

In his pre-Liverpool press conference, Ranieri noted:

"He [Slimani] is available for Saturday. He played all the matches with Sporting and he is ready to play with us".

Ranieri also made another interesting point:

“Yes, it would be a big call [to play him], but [Slimani] is good. He only has to score goals. We believe in his ability".

If only Klopp displayed this level of faith in Daniel Sturridge.

Unlike Klopp, Ranieri appears to accept that a striker's main job is to 'score goals', not play on the wing, or be forced spend most of his time defending and/or tracking back.

That's good news for Slimani, as he'll almost certainly be played in his natural position (centre-forward), and be given a remit to do one thing: score goals.

At Sporting, Slimani grabbed 74 goals/assists in 111 games (One every 102 minutes), and according to Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho:

"He [Slimani] is a very aggressive striker. He likes scoring goals, and he is fast and strong in the air".

Hopefully, Liverpool will be able to contain Slimani at Anfield tomorrow.


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