Liverpool appear to have a long-term plan in mind with Dusan Vlahovic. Reports link the Reds with the striker.
TuttoSport believes Liverpool want Dusan Vlahovic. The 21-year-old is having a fine season with Fiorentina, scoring 13 goals and picking up two assists.
That’s going to interest any team, in truth. Any player scoring at that level, that young is someone with great potential.
What really stands out, though, is that Vlahovic isn’t the kind of player Liverpool usually look at. He’s not particularly quick, nor is he a technical superstar.
Instead, the Serbian is a physical box-player, looking to get on the end of chances and finish clinically.
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Liverpool don’t really have that. Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are all players who want to run in behind with pace. Roberto Firmino is a tricky attacking-midfielder converted into a forward.
And that makes us think that Liverpool want a long-term project.
Vlahovic isn’t a top presser, nor is he much of a playmaker. He’s a goalscorer – but a young one.
There’s huge room for development, here. At just 21, Liverpool could take Vlahovic’s ability and mould it however they wish.
If they want to make him a better presser or a better link player, they can. They’d just have to back themselves to do so. Otherwise, he may never be an ideal fit.
The positive, though, is that Vlahovic would fit as he is now. He’s be a squad option, effectively taking over from Divock Origi.
Jurgen Klopp reportedly wants a ‘supplemental’ forward this summer, per the Athletic. That means someone who isn’t like his current options – someone to offer something new.
As we say, Vlahovic would do just that. Long-term, though, Liverpool would want to change his game slightly.
Perhaps he’s the best of both worlds, then. Vlahovic can be a player for now and someone Liverpool can build themselves. All we really need to know now is the cost.