Liverpool’s run to last season’s Champions League final has well and truly re-established them as one of Europe’s major powerhouses. Players from around the globe are desperate for a move to Anfield once more, and fierce rivals’ top stars are suddenly viable transfer options again.
There was a time when Manchester City seemed intent on swooping for all of Arsenal’s key men, and now it appears to be Liverpool’s turn. Last summer’s move for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain proved to be a resounding success, and they’re set to return for more.
Alexandre Lacazette arrived at The Emirates just 12 months ago to much fanfare but struggled to establish himself as Arsenal’s main man. He may have finished the campaign strongly, but January’s signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang only served to emphasise the point; the fit wasn’t right for player or club.
Jürgen Klopp, however, appears willing to give Lacazette another chance in English football. Talk of a Merseyside move has been widespread in recent days, and the story only appears to be gathering pace.
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Despite his relative struggles in his debut season with the Gunners, it’s clear from his stats (above) that his contribution to the side was indeed positive when he was given the opportunity.
Lacazette appeared in 32 of Arsenal’s 38 Premier League outings, and they were more effective at both ends of the field when he was in the side. More goals were scored, fewer goals were conceded and a higher percentage of games were therefore won.
There can be no doubt that Klopp has an embarrassment of attacking riches available to him at Liverpool, but he has made it clear that more options are needed. Their reliance on Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané was extreme last term, and the capacity for rotation is desperately required if they’re to compete on all fronts.
With 148 goals in 313 career appearances, Lacazette is clearly a player of calibre. He could be a huge asset to Liverpool and at just 27-years-old time is very much still on his side. The fee may be sizable, but this is another Arsenal raid that would make perfect sense for Liverpool.
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