According to reports, Jürgen Klopp is keen on a £12 million deal for Demarai Gray with the intention of bringing more pace to his side.
Liverpool have struggled at times this season when injury or international commitments have robbed the club of Sadio Mané. The former Southampton winger has brought pace and guile to the Anfield outfit which hasn’t been reproduced by another Liverpool player.
According to The Mirror, Klopp is fond of the idea of signing Leicester City winger Demarai Gray. The youngster has grown tired of playing from the bench for the Foxes and could be open to the idea of moving clubs this summer to play more.
Gray is definitely a player with a lot of potential as his goal against Manchester United earlier this season proved. That being said, with Liverpool on the precipice of qualifying for the Champions League, Klopp needs to be looking at players with more quality to aid his side in Europe next term.
The Mirror’s Tom Hopkinson writes, “Now Liverpool are growing increasingly confident of landing the 20-year-old and will make an offer to trigger his release clause when the transfer window opens in July.“
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For me, this is can mean one of a few things. Klopp could want Gray as a squad player to provide width from the bench in games where Mané is unfit or Liverpool are need of more pace.
It could also mean that Klopp has missed out on a primary target and has turned to Gray as an alternative. It could even just be that there is no truth to this story as is so often the case when it comes to transfers.
In my brutally honest opinion, if Liverpool have genuine ambitions of winning silverware next season, players like Gray cannot populate Klopp’s transfer list.
At 4pm today, Liverpool have a monumental clash with Boro at Anfield which will determine whether or not the Reds will finish in the top four this season. While Champions League qualifiers will still follow, many of the transfer targets that have been identified will want to play in Europe next season.
Klopp has shown an acceptable level of ambition in the transfer market with the signings of Mané, Jöel Matip and Georginio Wijnaldum offset by the purchase of both Alex Manninger and Ragnar Klavan.
To succeed next season, Klopp will need proven quality and not youngsters like Gray.