Antoine Griezmann is up for sale, according to reports. Could he be the ultimate all-in move for Liverpool?
El Confidencial claims Barcelona want to move Antoine Griezmann. And that’s a big deal.
Griezmann has been one of the world’s best forwards over the last five years. He’s finished top-3 in the Ballon d’Or twice, scored over 100 goals and won the World Cup.
Griezmann is, truly, an elite player. The fact Barcelona will even accept a lower fee than they paid Atletico Madrid only makes this more noteworthy.
There’s a huge signing on the table here, should someone want it. And perhaps Liverpool should.
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One huge reason this is unlikely is that Griezmann turned 30 last week. He’s now winding down and won’t be an elite player for much longer.
But the point is, he’s still an elite one now. Barcelona don’t get the best out of him but the ability is undeniably there.
We wouldn’t usually tip Liverpool to take such a chance but they’re in an unusual position for them – they’re not building anything.
Liverpool have a title-winning squad right now, they just need to add a little something. Players returning from injury will help that but their attack has been blunt in 2021.
What they need, then, is a forward. Jurgen Klopp wants one, according to the Athletic, but doesn’t want to replace anyone.
That tells us that Klopp believes his squad can deliver more trophies. He just wants to bring in someone who kicks them back up to that level, believing they’re not far off.
Griezmann does that. And he may not even step on any toes in doing so.
After all, he’s versatile and capable of playing both wide and through the middle. While his energy and technique mean he could play the False 9 role if Liverpool wanted.
Klopp could move him around to create combinations from game to game. In theory, Griezmann can play with any selection of the current forwards.
But this move only makes sense if Liverpool want to go all-out on a title challenge next season and the season after that. It would not be a long-term investment, nor would Griezmann last until the next team.
It’s a ‘win now’ move, going all-in on the current squad to deliver a trophy and adding more star quality to help them.
We think it’s unlikely but all things considered, this is probably the biggest available move this summer. And it’s one that quickly adds elite quality to a dysfunctional attack.