This summer there isn’t much that Liverpool need to do. The Reds have the strongest starting lineup in the world and the trophy to prove it. However, Jürgen Klopp will need to invest in some backup options as he lacks strength in depth in key areas such as left back. Liverpool should challenge Manchester United for the signing of Rayan Ait Nouri, here are three reasons why:
FSG type of player
Since taking over at Anfield we have seen FSG prioritise the signing of young players, rarely splashing out on any footballers over the age of 27.
At 19-years-old Rayan Ait Nouri fits the bill for FSG. The Angers left back will only increase in value in the coming seasons, he has his whole career ahead of him. Foot Mercato has reported that Manchester United are interested in the youngster.
Given that Andy Robertson will be our first choice left back for at least another four or five years it would make sense to invest in a young backup option who can study under the Scotsman.
First team experience
At just 19-years-old Ait Nouri has established himself as Angers’ first choice left back. The Frenchman played 17 games for the Ligue 1 side this season, he would have played more but he missed 12 games with a fractured jaw.
Playing top flight football so regularly at such a young age is a major indication of the player’s potential. Making the step up form youth football to men’s football can make or break a youngster, the fact that he is coping already is a boost to the youngster’s credentials.
Liverpool will also have access to a vast amount of data on Ait Nouri. We know that the Reds’ recruitment department is data driven, having as much data as possible is vital.
Liverpool signing Rayan Ait Nouri makes sense as he is an attack minded full back. The Frenchman bagged three assists for Angers this season, not an awful tally for a mid table side.
He is noted for his dribbling and crossing ability, essential qualities for a full back playing under Jürgen Klopp.
Given that he is already an adventurous full back and is playing at a high standard at an early age we can only imagine what his potential could be when coached correctly by the world’s best manager. We will need depth at left back at some point, we could do worse than Ait Nouri.