Rodrigo de Paul is playing like a dream Liverpool midfielder right now. The Reds reportedly want the Argentine.
Tutto Udinese, of the TuttoMercatoWeb network, claims Liverpool want Rodrigo de Paul. They’d have to pay around £42m to get him, though.
Now, we think there’s a better alternative on the market that offers more long-term. But that’s not to say De Paul wouldn’t be a huge success.
In fact, his recent numbers suggest the Argentine is like a Jurgen Klopp dream player.
Klopp, after all, likes midfielders who offer a bit of everything. Only really Fabinho is specialised – everyone else is more all-action and capable both offensively and defensively.
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De Paul fits that billing, to say the least. His last six games have been absolutely outstanding.
Here are the headline stats – De Paul has four assists and a goal from his last six Serie A games. All came from midfield.
That’s undoubtedly impressive but they only tell half the story. The underlying stats here are just ridiculous.
For instance, De Paul has created 16 chances over these games. Twice he’s created five in a single game. He’s created 20 dribbles, too, showing a wonderful ability to carry the ball forward and take players on.
De Paul won 27 free-kicks over this span to go with those dribbles. Defenders struggle with him. Badly.
But what about the defensive stuff? De Paul has won 15 tackles over his last six games, adding four interceptions. What’s even crazier is that he won those tackles while committing just five fouls.
And what really catches the eye is De Paul’s ability to take a game over. The defeat to Lazio in his last outing is the only time he hasn’t had a goal or assist over this span.
But it wasn’t for the want of trying. De Paul created five chances and won five tackles in this game alone. He was outstanding, even in defeat.
Add De Paul’s leadership qualities to all of this – he’s currently captain of Udinese – and you’ve got a fantastic all-around player. No wonder Liverpool reportedly want him.
While we do believe that there’s a younger alternative available for less, we might have undersold just how well De Paul is playing. He’d be a dream midfielder if he kept this up in Red.