18 Nov 2016

Klopp raves: 'Fabulous' €26m attacker is a 'good choice' to 'replace Sadio Mane'. Agree?

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has heaped praise on Sadio Mane's Southampton replacement.

During his press conference on Thursday, Klopp enthused:

"Southampton had to replace Sadio Mane, and if you ask me who could be the best replacement, Nathan Redmond is a very good choice".

€26m-rated Redmond is a decent player, but he's no Sadio Mane, and his stats this season starkly illustrate that:

* 3 goals/0 assists in 16 apps.

* Goal every 407 minutes.

A winger's primary role is to create and score goals, and to go 16 games without providing a single assist is, with the greatest respect, abject failure on a grand scale.

It's not just this season, either. Redmond contributed a measly 2 assists in 37 games last season, so it's anyone guess how Klopp arrived at the conclusion the 22-year old is a good replacement for Mane.

Southampton boss Claude Puel claims that there are 'similarities' between Redmond and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, but whatever those similarities are, it's definitely not prolificity.

Liverpool were linked with Redmond several times during Brendan Rodgers' reign, and at the time, I argued that he'd struggle to replicate his (average) Championship end product in the Premier League, and that's exactly how it's turned out.

Liverpool clearly dodged a transfer bullet here, but now that I've made these points, Redmond will probably create a goal against the Reds on Saturday (!)

* Redmond: Hailed by Garth Crooks for his 'fabulous' ability'


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