Liverpool in race to sign £21 million midfielder

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Leandro Paredes of AS Roma gestures during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Empoli FC at Stadio Olimpico on April 1, 2017 in Rome, Italy.
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According to Transfer Market Web, Liverpool and Juventus are pursuing Roma midfielder Leandro Paredes.

Jürgen Klopp will be going on a summer shopping spree this summer with Liverpool certain to play in Europe next season, whether it’s in the Europa League or the Champions League is still to be decided, however.

Despite a promising start to the 2016/17 Premier League season, Liverpool faltered during January and February and failed in their title challenge. This is due largely to the lack of depth at Klopp’s disposal. With injuries to several key players throughout the season, consistency has been hard to come by.

Klopp is certain to address that this summer and it would seem, if Transfer Market Web can be believed, that Liverpool will challenge Juventus for Leandro Paredes’ signature this summer.

Transfer Market Web report that Roma values Paredes at £21 million which means he is affordable for both Liverpool and Juventus. That being said, The Argentine has a contract with the Italian club until 2019 so Roma is in a good position to hold out.

I recently wrote an article about Liverpool needing to sign a player like Cesc Fabregas to aid in breaking stubborn, deep-lying teams with pinpoint passing. Paredes is certainly a player that fits the bill and would make Klopp’s team better.

As Klopp showed by playing Philippe Coutinho as a no.8 against West Ham in a fluid 4-4-2 diamond formation, there are alternatives already at the club that wouldn’t require buying new players but playing Coutinho as a no.8 wouldn’t always work.

Although he was sublime against West Ham, it’s important to look at the context. Liverpool were desperate for a win with Champions League football on the line, whereas West Ham had already confirmed their Premier League status for another season.

Playing Coutinho as a no.8 against the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City would require the Brazilian to do a lot more work in transition and it might not suit him. Klopp has played Coutinho on the left-hand side of a front-three to great effect this season against the top six and this must continue next season.

What this means is that signing a player like Leandro Paredes could be vital to having creativity from midfield against the top six while playing Coutinho further forward.

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Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.

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