Liverpool’s dependency on Sadio Mane has been proved since his injury has caused him to miss the last three months of the Premier League. Against the teams that like to sit back, Liverpool have struggled to break down defences in which Mane had been crucial for the Reds because of his insane pace earlier in the campaign.
Without him, Liverpool have looked a bit one dimensional at times which has caused them to struggle to maintain their status in the top four spots. Jürgen Klopp is keen to add another winger to his ranks for the next season and the recent reports have linked the Reds with a £30 million move for Paris Saint-Germain’s Lucas Moura in the summer.
Moura has been a crucial figure for the Parisians since his move to France in 2013 but always has been linked with Liverpool in each transfer window. This summer might finally see him leave Paris as his side wants to sign an upgrade on him and may decide in offloading the Brazilian.
He has two years left on his current deal which makes it the perfect time for the club to sell him before the start of the next season to get a good fee on his sale.
Moura has been a regular for PSG this season and has amassed 50 appearances for them this season. He has scored 16 goals and produced 11 assists in a fruitful season at the Parc des Princes.
Playing predominantly on the right wing, Moura has done exceedingly well to score regularly for Paris as is reflected by his stat of 1.8 shots per game. He also has a passing accuracy of 82% this campaign as his link up play has improved under Unai Emery. (Stats via Whoscored)
What’ll he offer to the club?
Moura can play on both the flanks and has a belter of a right foot. His pace makes him a deadly opposition for any defence as the Reds have lacked pace going forward this season in Mane’s absence. With the added pressure of likely Champions League football next season, Liverpool will need options on the flanks to stretch opponents.
A prospect of Moura and Mane on the flanks is a mouth-watering idea which can help Liverpool add pace in their squad and more importantly goals which has been added to the Brazilian’s artillery.
Worth the money?
£30 million is a fair estimate for a player who has two years left on his current deal. Moura has been interested in playing in England for a while now as Liverpool can offer him a crucial role in their team which he may not find elsewhere.
Klopp has been vying for his signature from long as the answer to Liverpool’s wing issues might be solved by the arrival of yet another Brazilian.