6 Feb 2017

Sign for Liverpool? 'Extraordinary' €45m striker who's 'better than Bale' confirms he'll 'leave' soon.

One of Liverpool's recent transfer targets has confirmed that he'll be available for a transfer this summer.

Over the last two years, Liverpool have been continuously linked with Lyon striker Alexander Lacazette, and it looks like he's finally ready to leave France. When asked over the weekend about his future, Lacazette confirmed:

“The right moment has arrived to leave. This summer I will need a change of scenery and discover something else, still with the idea of advancing and progressing in terms of football and as a person".

Liverpool were last linked with Lacazette in July 2016, and that was (arguably) the right time to push out all the stops and sign the striker. Luckily, the club's attacking midfielders weighed in with goals in the first half of the season, but right now, the lack of depth is proving to be fatal to Liverpool's season.

Lyon President Jean Michel Aulas has claimed that Lacazette is 'better than Bale', and although that's an obvious exaggeration, the Frenchman's creative stats are consistently good. Last 4 seasons:

* 97 goals/24 assists [121] in in 163 apps (One every 113 mins)

* 20+ goals every season for the last four years.

* This season: 24 goals/assists 25 apps (One every 86 mins)

This deal is a no-brainer, surely? Of course, Liverpool should steer clear of Lacazette if he doesn't routinely run 10+ kilometers a game, because without that, how will Klopp be able to achieve his 120km collective running target for every match? As defender Tim Hoogland (signed by Klopp for Mainz) told reporters last season:

“You have to run. That’s it. This is one of the important things you have to know about him. The whole team has to run 120 km collectively every game. 120km minimum.”

Forget goalscoring - running is obviously the most important attribute for a striker, so that probably rules out €45m-rated Lacazette. Is Erik Meijer still available?

* Hailed by Thierry Henry as 'extraordinary'


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