Rodrigo de Paul can be the star Liverpool thought they signed with Naby Keita. The Argentine is in fantastic form.
Tutto Udinese believes Liverpool want Rodrigo de Paul. They’d have to pay around £42m to get him, though.
It’s a steep price for a 26-year-old who hasn’t ever really shone at the elite level. Though, his recent form is something to shout about.
In fact, De Paul is proving himself to be a wonderfully versatile, all-action midfielder. In other words, exactly what Liverpool thought they were getting when they spent £53m on Naby Keita.
Better late than never
Keita is now the same age as De Paul but playing nowhere near the same level.
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He arrived as a box-to-box midfielder, capable of winning battles and providing goals. Unfortunately, we don’t really see either on a consistent basis.
Now a large part of that is undoubtedly down to injuries. Keita rarely strings three or four games together, often picking up knocks just as he’s finding his feet.
But even when Keita does play, he’s not providing all that much. A quick comparison with De Paul shows the difference.
For instance, Keita has won 11 tackles in 524 minutes this season. De Paul, in comparison, has won 12 in his last three games.
Keita has created six chances in 524 minutes. De Paul created five in his last game alone – 16 over his last 540.
Right now, De Paul is performing like the superstar Liverpool thought Keita would be. But we’ll stress ‘right now’. While he’s had a good season, his superb form is only over the last six games.
Still, it’s more than Keita has given all season, thanks to injuries and poor form. If De Paul keeps this up, then we don’t think Liverpool’s interest should shock anyone.
He’d be an upgrade on Keita – or, certainly, what Keita is currently offering.