Liverpool endured a thrilling season in which they have managed to finished 4th. A turbulent season no doubt, the fans had to wait till the very last game to ensure they’ll play in the Champions League ahead of Arsenal who missed out after two decades.
So it comes as no surprise that Jürgen Klopp is looking to bolster his squad and his new subject of interest is apparently Demarai Gray.
The 20-year old has caught the attention of the German boss with his style of play and technique. Although he hasn’t had many first team chances for Leicester, the fleet-footed Englishman has impressed many with his attacking prowess.
Apparently frustrated due to his lack of game time, the player is looking for a move away from Leicester. The Foxes are said to have put a price tag of £12m on the player. But many rumours suggest the price could be even higher than that.
With interests growing in Coutinho and Firmino from foreign clubs, Klopp must surely be looking for able replacements.
Let’s have a look at the youngster’s stats.
- The Player was handed only 1039 mins of game time this season with only 9 first team starts out of his 30 Premier League appearances.
- His only goal came against Manchester at Old Trafford earlier in the season but he has managed to contribute 3 assists for the team.
- The young Englishman has also produced 17 key passes and maintained a pass success rate of 75% within this limited amount of game time. This only goes to show the potential that this young man possesses.
- Although right footed, the player is good on either side of the pitch. He is also well known for his dribbling and finishing abilities in the final third. (Source: WhoScored)
What’ll he offer the Club?
Although he is far from a finished material, Gray could still be a good addition to the club. With little chance to show his footballing skills this season, the English International has still managed to impress many.
He may not be near the quality of Coutinho or Firmino at the moment, but he is still in his developing years. Who knows, with the guidance and direction of Klopp he may extract the best out of the Fox striker.
Not only would he be a long term replacement but also a versatile addition to the squad as he could play on either wing.
Worth the money?
For £12m, it would be worth the money. Although many would suggest it to be a risk as not many are aware of his footballing ability, he has managed to shown in his limited stint that he does possess the skill to be lethal.
And also given the fact that Klopp knows how to chisel a young player, it could be a smart investment.