Dave Davis believes there’s a connection between the players Liverpool are targeting in the final 48 hours of the transfer window.
There’s a saying in boxing – speed kills. You can have all the tactics in the world and the best made plans, but that doesn’t mean you can stop it.
Although Arsenal did their level best to assist us at the weekend, there’s something about this Liverpool attack that’s caught everyone’s eye already.
Last season’s front three of Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho looked unstoppable for a period and coming up to Christmas and it even looked like Liverpool would be serious contenders.
Watford, Leicester and Hull were among the teams that were ripped apart as even the other big names in the division were struggling to contain Jurgen Klopp’s men.
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The New Year downturn coincided with the absence of one man – Sadio Mané. Without that searing pace to go in behind, teams found they could play a higher line as they knew we’d struggle to get in behind them.
Even at Anfield, when the opposition knew everything was in front of them there was less fear. Jürgen Klopp hasn’t forgotten this.
Mo Salah looks the perfect addition so far due to the change in dynamics he brings. Salah is an excellent player, but he still looks raw at times and can snatch at chances. However, the Egyptian winger is blessed with scintillating pace and due to his style of play, is like an old inside forward as they used to say at Anfield.
Sadio Mané looks like he’s gone up another level since last season and a major injury hasn’t dented his acceleration in any way. Three goals in as many league games, a seamless shift to the left side and Steven Gerrard singing about you tell its own story there.
The real beneficiary in all this, aside from Klopp, has been Bobby Firmino. Reds have always known the ability the ex-Hoffenheim man possesses and it’s great to see him finally getting the recognition he deserves. The big difference is that Firmino now has two players outside of him who can make those clever runs and stretch the opposition.
A move for Thomas Lemar would make sense on the surface of things. Salah and Mané can’t play every game and will need to be rested at times, with as little detriment to Klopp’s style as possible.
Lemar is known for his dribbling and pace at Monaco, plus has Champions League experience at such a young age.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is no slow coach either and would provide welcome cover. It’s clear his preferred position is central midfield and whilst he’s turned down Chelsea for this, he can play further up the pitch.
It would also mean that any absence of either wide player may not be felt as badly as it first seemed.
It was telling that three of the four goals against Arsenal came on the counter-attack, two started in our own box. Liverpool look more equipped than ever to play on the counter-attack against their main opposition in the Premier League.
Speed kills and Jürgen Klopp knows it.