Liverpool could follow ‘very interesting’ transfer target to replace key figure Jürgen Klopp
It seems inevitable that a fairy tale will end in Liverpool this summer. Jürgen Klopp looks set to say goodbye to a legend that created moments of mystical magic, writing stories that will be told for decades by those who witnessed them.
Divock Origi was one of the most confusing cult heroes to ever grace the turf of Anfield. Both frustrating and sublime, he has made his time in a Liverpool shirt an indelible experience, and when he leaves the club this summer when his contract expires, as expected, fans will probably remember it rather well. what evil he brought with him.
For Julian Ward and Klopp, however, they cannot get bogged down in too much sentimentality, and they will know that someone like Origi will leave a void in the squad that needs to be filled. And that will leave them with an important recruitment task to complete in the summer transfer window.
It will be difficult to find someone who could play a peripheral role in the team like Origi, while bringing much-needed quality and a different dimension to the team. But not impossible.
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And former Liverpool player Nabil El Zhar may have just identified the ideal transfer candidate in an exclusive interview with Liverpool.com.
When asked which Moroccan international he would like to see at Anfield, El Zhar named his former team-mate, Youssef En-Nesyri, as a player who could suit Liverpool’s style of play well.
“You also have Youssef En-Nesyri. He is a very good player. He caught Covid just before the Africa Cup of Nations and he suffered from injuries, but he is a very, very good player”, El Zhar said.
“He’s a player who could do very well at Liverpool. He’s fast, he runs a lot, he has a high speed intensity, he presses the ball and is always moving on the pitch. He’s a very interesting.”
Importantly, El Zhar also highlighted En-Nesyri’s mentality off the pitch.
“He’s also a very good guy. When he arrived at Leganés he was like a kid and he always listened to advice. He’s a calm guy who respects everyone and is a great professional.”
While the 24-year-old Morocco international has endured a tough campaign at Sevilla this season, En-Nesyri’s aerial threat and high-intensity style of play could suit Liverpool just fine. gegenpressing system and to fill the void left by Origi at Anfield.
In the last calendar year, En-Nesyri averaged 18.40 pressures per 90 according to FBref, which ranks him in the 79th percentile. This season he’s averaging 0.49 goals per 90, which is close to contributing every two games, but last season his 0.72 goals per 90 average was even more impressive.
As the common saying goes, form is temporary, class is permanent.
His dip in form this season could work in favor of FSG, allowing Liverpool to negotiate a lower transfer fee, below his current value of £31.5m according to Transfermarkt, to make him a more heir apparent. approachable from Origi’s throne.
Considering he’s yet to reach his peak and still have many years to go at the top of the game, Liverpool could be tempted to take El Zhar’s advice and lure Sevilla to the club this summer. . If FSG can work their magic off the pitch and bring the price down, Klopp is sure to work their magic in a footballing sense.