When a team makes the unsustainable look ordinary on a weekly basis, the main question would seem how on earth do you improve such relentless consistency?
According to Melissa Reddy for The Independent, Liverpool are preparing for a relatively quiet summer with plausibility and cost, therefore, the big determining factors to any imminent deals.
One player who fits both the desired criteria is Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard. The France U21’s international has an impressive 24 goals and 16 assists for the Scottish champions this season.
Virgil van Dijk similarly having arrived at Liverpool from Celtic via Southampton, meaning it could be sensible to buy Edouard direct from the Glasgow giants and avoid the gargantuan premium the Reds had to pay to land the big Dutchman in 2018.
Edouard, 22, is already showcasing the mentality that depicts a typical Jurgen Klopp player.
This week the Frenchman was quoted by The Times and made some ambitious declarations.
He said: “I would like to become the best striker in the world; that’s it. One of the best strikers anyway. I don’t know when that will happen because I live day to day and I enjoy my life but we will see in time. We will see.”
Sadio Mane showcased the same desire to reach the top when the Senegalese ace was learning his trade at RB Salzburg. Mane nearly moved to the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund back in 2014 only for Klopp to veto a deal that cost Southampton a then club-record £11.8million – a decision he of course regrets.
Klopp won’t want to make the same mistake again and won’t want to ignore ambitious youngster whose talents could inflate if he were placed in a more competitive league. Edouard’s comments would suggest that he is looking at exploring his options outside of Glasgow come to the end of the season.
The former PSG prodigy just like Moussa Dembele is demonstrating an ambition that unfortunately cannot be contained in the Scottish Premiership. With Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi Liverpool’s only central forward options, Edouard could be the perfect player to add depth to the Reds’ attacking armoury.
The former FC Toulouse striker has also demonstrated he is a man for the big occasions with an impressive goal contribution rate in the Old Firm derby. Edouard has an impressive six goals in six derby games against bitter rivals Rangers as well as two assists.
Edouard also bagged a vital brace in the Scottish Cup Final last season to lead his side back from the brink to beat Hearts 2-1.
One of the great strengths of Liverpool’s transfer business under Klopp has been their detailed character assessments. The German manager alongside sporting director Michael Edwards is able to meticulously assess whether the player fits the club’s philosophy before purchase which is why virtually every signing in the last few windows has been a huge success.
Liverpool’s unrivalled rise to the top has been largely due to their responsibility in the market. The club’s business will be determined by what the team needs – the ultimate influence – rather than the buzz surrounding Europe’s most lucrative players.
Edouard stems away from that notion and would be reasonably priced at around £40 million maximum, although £30 million seems a more accurate price range depending on how much competition there is for the youngster’s signature.
The Celtic talisman has demonstrated he thrives under the pressure of leading the line for the Scottish giant. However, playing for the European champions would be a whole different ball game entirely and the question that remains is whether he would be up to the task at Liverpool?