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More than half a decade after his last Premier League appearance, Sergi Canos has made sure his return to England’s top flight is a memorable one.
The former Liverpool academy graduate waltzed through a vulnerable Arsenal defense and tucked the ball into the far corner of the net with an emphatic finish.
Since leaving Liverpool, the former Spain Under-19 international has overcome two serious injuries, dropped down the pecking order before battling for recognition and gradually turned into an attacking full-back under management from Thomas Frank to Brentford, completing a complete makeover.
At Liverpool, Canos was renowned for his pace and technical ability in one-on-one situations.
In the club’s academy, Canos has even been occasionally deployed in a No.9 role.
He showed quality flashes and enough to justify JÃ¼rgen Klopp to make him his Premier League debut. But he was a bit frail and he lacked consistency during his time at Anfield.
Over five years in the Championship have helped Canos develop the physical side of his game and he is now a smart utility player at Brentford.
The 24-year-old has been used as a right-back and a right-back this season in the Premier League and has distinguished himself with friendly performances.
With Liverpool running out of options in the full-back department, highlighted by James Milner having to start at right-back against Crystal Palace in the absence of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Canos is showing signs that he could be a shrewd option for them. Reds.
Last season, Canos scored nine goals and recorded 10 assists in 55 games for Brentford. He is a capable finisher and can contribute in the future.
But this season in the Premier League, Canos also stood out for his defensive work. He averages a defensive duel success rate of 52.7% against 11.5 defensive duels for 90 and made 5.28 interceptions for 90 via Wyscout.
To put that in context, Alexander-Arnold had a 50 percent success rate in defensive duels against 7.81 defensive duels for 90 and had 4.82 interceptions in the Premier League.
Canos would also fit into Klopp’s gegenpress with an average of 25.4 presses for 90 according to FBref so far this season. Alexander-Arnold has an average of 12.3.
In addition to Canos’ ability to cover from the right back, he is also able to fill offensive roles and play on either attacking flank. Canos have played in a No 9 position for Liverpool in the past and might even cover that position.
The Spaniard is familiar with the Liverpool system. He knows what the club stand for and he would be able to provide ideal cover in a position where there is a void to fill the Liverpool squad.
At 24, he also fits the FSG transfer profile. It could be an ideal decision in January for Klopp’s side and one to watch.
When Canos bowed out for the first team at Anfield under Klopp, he wasn’t quite ready to show what it was. Now, however, he really is – so much so that he might even be someone the Reds are considering signing again.