Reported Liverpool target could offer Klopp something Mane doesn’t from the left wing – opinion

by koku_jin

This article is part of Football FanCast’s In
Numbers
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season-long form and reported transfer targets…

According to Spanish outlet
Eldesmarque
, Liverpool are prepared to ‘throw the house out
the window’ in order to bring Real Madrid attacker Marco Asensio
to Anfield.

The report states that Jurgen Klopp sees the Spain international
as the ‘ideal complement’ to Liverpool’s current attacking
trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

Incidentally, it is Mane who currently occupies the left-wing
position where Asensio featured 15
times for Los Blancos last term – the left side of attack appears
to be Asensio’s favoured position seeing as he recorded most of
his goal involvements there in 2018/19.

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Klopp wouldn’t even consider dropping Mane for any player in
world football right now, one would assume. The Senegal
international hit 22
league goals last season, winning the Premier league Golden Boot as
a result, and it can easily be argued that he is one of Europe’s
deadliest forwards right now.

However, Asensio could offer Klopp something different in the
position if he signed for the Reds.

The 23-year-old appears to be far more creative than the former
Southampton man, who seems to be much more direct and focused on
scoring rather than creating.

Asensio recorded four times the amount of Mane’s assist tally
from last term, setting up four
strikes compared to the 27-year-old’s one.

The Real Madrid No.20 also sent in more crosses than Mane did,
whilst he also has almost a whole shot less than the Liverpool
No.10 on average per game – his pass success rate is also
significantly higher than Mane’s.

There is nothing wrong with Mane being more direct, it is what
makes him one of the most lethal players in Europe.

However, if Klopp ever needed a more creative figure out on the
left flank for whatever reason, Asensio seems like the perfect
alternative to the vastly contrasting figure of the Senegalese
star.

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