Anthony Martial is being treated terribly by Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Liverpool should consider signing the £80million rated forward.
Arguably the most reliable journalist when it comes to Merseyside transfers, Paul Joyce wrote on Wednesday that Jürgen Klopp will not sign any more players this summer despite ongoing speculation surrounding Nabil Fekir and Christian Pulisic.
He wrote on what to expect ahead of the Premier League’s 9th of August deadline day: “No Nabil Fekir — the Lyons attacker’s failed medical put paid to that — and no late bid for Christian Pulisic despite the noise surrounding the American international.”
Yet, I believe that with Anthony Martial clearly out of favour at Manchester United, Klopp should consider launching a £80 million for the Frenchman – a move that would catapult the Reds into contention as 2019 Premier League champions.
Joyce, in his article for the Times, argues that Klopp won’t make a move for Pulisic purely because the numbers don’t stack up; the American has scored just seven goals in two years.
He might be just 19 years old with an exciting future ahead of him but Klopp is at a point in his tenure where he can no longer be thinking predominantly about the future but needs to make decisions that will yield immediate results.
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Signing Martial would be one of these decisions as his arrival would guarantee goals and even more quality to a front three that scored 90 goals last season. The 22-year-old has scored 24 goals Premier League since signing for the Mancs two seasons ago.
And despite being the best out and out winger at the club, Martial is being iced out by Jose Mourinho and if the Frenchman were to move to Liverpool, he would be exposed to an entirely different management style.
Martial has been treated very poorly by Mourinho in the last couple days, with the Portuguese manager slamming his player for spending time with his partner and newborn son.
Mourinho said: “He has the baby and after the baby is born – beautiful baby, full of health, thank god. He should be here, and he is not here.”
The way that Nathaniel Clyne has been treated by Klopp provides a stark contrast, with the right-back receiving his manager’s full support as he has just had a child of his own.
The Liverpool boss said: “We have exchanged messages and I’ve seen a picture. A little Clyney. The baby will keep him busy for a few days and then he will start training again, all good.
“There are more important things in life than football and babies are definitely one of them.”
Klopp would bring the very best out of Martial as he has done with Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and at Dortmund, Marco Reus, Robert Lewandowski and Mario Götze.
With a new no.10 unlikely to arrive at the club this summer, Klopp could sign Martial to play as his first choice left wing and deploy Mané in a more central role where the former Southampton man’s creativity can flourish.
At £80million, it seems a far-fetched plot but the money is there to be spent and with the Reds so close to being the complete side, Martial could bring them that much closer to being on par with Manchester City heading into the 2018/19 season.
If not for purely footballing reasons, Liverpool should sign the Frenchman to see the fume from Manchester United fans.