How do you improve this Liverpool side? You certainly can’t strengthen the first team. According to Melissa Reddy for The Independent, The Reds aren’t looking to improve the first XI, they are looking to add variety to the squad. It is for this reason we believe Liverpool should look towards Odsonne Edouard of Celtic.
The Reds transfer policy of recent seasons has been largely consistent.
Michael Edwards has looked to identify value in the market, typically conducting his business quietly and efficiently.
We have often seen Edwards’ bargain buys flourish into superstars under Jürgen Klopp’s tutelage, the ascendancy of Andy Robertson following his £8m move from relegated Hull City is one of a number of examples.
With the first team all tied down to long term contracts and their average age meaning that it’s a few seasons before a squad overhaul is needed, there are no positions that need addressing immediately.
According to Melissa Reddy, the club aren’t looking to sign ‘dormant understudies’, they want to add ‘variety’ to the roster.
With age being another key parameter when considering any new arrivals, we believe that Liverpool should look towards Odsonne Edouard of Celtic.
At just 22-years-old Edouard has untold potential.
The French international has already netted 20 goals in 20 starts for the Scottish Premiership leaders this season, a massive improvement on his 15 in 32 in their last campaign.
Edouard has improved his physicality in recent seasons, bulking up his 6 foot 1 inch frame.
His greatest strengths, aside from his deadly finishing ability, are his pace and dribbling ability.
For a tall player he has wonderful ball control and a knack for beating his man. He has all the qualities to go on and become a world class striker.
If Liverpool are looking to add variety to their attack then they need look no further than Odsonne Edouard.
Not only does he offer a greater aerial threat than Roberto Firmino, he offers lightning pace and a poacher’s instinct.
With Virgil van Dijk having arrived at Liverpool from Celtic via Southampton, it could be sensible to buy Edouard direct from the Glasgow giants rather than pay a premium in a couple of seasons time like we did with Big Virg.