Liverpool should think twice about a move for Maxwel Cornet, primarily because of Mohamed Salah. Cornet has openly addressed speculation with the Reds.
Cornet, a 22-year-old winger at Olympique Lyonnais, caught fire towards the end of the season. Three consecutive games against Marseille, Caen, and Nimes resulted in five goals and two assists – the best form of his career.
Liverpool had scouts at that game against Marseille in which Cornet scored twice. Are the Reds interested in a move, though? We don’t know – but Cornet has openly admitted that he welcomes speculation.
“Liverpool are a big club, any links are flattering,” he told beIN sports. “I’m under contract until 2021, but you never know in football so we’ll see.”
Liverpool should think twice, however. Cornet’s end-of-season stats don’t tell the full story of his season, as six of his seven Ligue 1 goals came in the last five games. You can find three of his five assists there, too, and you find a fourth if you stretch the sample to the last eight games.
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Importantly, seven of his 12 Ligue 1 starts came over this span of eight games. Cornet’s record as a substitute is far less impressive: one goal and no assists in 18 appearances from the bench.
Cornet primarily plays as a right-winger (only three starts came from the left or centrally, with no goals or assists in any, (Whoscored) and that creates a problem.
Cornet isn’t a threat from the bench but Liverpool’s star forward, Salah, plays in his position. He’d very rarely start there unless Salah is elsewhere or being rested, which doesn’t happen often.
In fact, of his final five games, Cornet produced at least two goals in four of them – the four he started. Only as a substitute against Lille did he fail to produce anything.
It’s very possible that Cornet has become an excellent starting winger. He’d need to prove he can perform in a squad role before he’s the right man for Liverpool, however.