Liverpool’s summer transfer window will be a fascinating one. The Reds don’t particularly need any first team reinforcements but they do need to add strength in depth. Although Jürgen Klopp left Manchester City in his wake this season he cannot compete with their bench. Liverpool have recently been linked with a move for Nicolo Zaniolo of Roma, he would be a risky signing but a worthwhile one.

Liverpool signing Zaniolo would be a risk but a worthwhile one.

Liverpool signing Zaniolo would be a risk but a worthwhile one. (Photo by Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Liverpool linked with Zaniolo

There have been numerous reports linking Liverpool with a move for Zaniolo in recent weeks; Corriere Dello Sport and Il Tempo are just two outlets who have claimed the Reds have an interest in the attacking midfielder.

Il Tempo’s report threw a spanner into the works, claiming that the Italian giants would demand around €70m for their prized prodigy.

The 21-year-old Roma midfielder would add some spark to the Liverpool midfield, undertaking a role similar to the one vacated by Philippe Coutinho when he left for Barcelona. The Reds are yet to properly replace the magic of the diminutive Brazilian.

A risky signing

There is one obvious, main concern when Liverpool are considering signing Nicolo Zaniolo: his injury record.

At 21-years-old the youngster has already suffered a major injury, a rupture of his cruciate ligament which had him out for 172 days according to TransferMarkt.

 

Given that the Reds are frugal at best under FSG it would be a massive risk splashing out such an enormous amount of money on a player with a dodgy knee.

A worthwhile risk

Liverpool signing Zaniolo would be a worthwhile risk. The Italian was crowned the best young player in the Serie A following his breakthrough season in 2018/19.

He is undoubtedly one of the most exciting talents in Europe at the minute and the crown jewel in a promising Roma side.

The versatile attacking midfielder bagged six goals and two assists in 16 starts and 10 sub appearances this season.

The fact that Zaniolo is so versatile also strengthens the argument for his signing, he can play on either wing, up top or just behind the striker. The fact that he can fill in anywhere in the opposition half will make him an attractive proposition for Jürgen Klopp.

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