Liverpool are after Andrea Belotti, according to reports in Italy. The striker would be a statement signing.
TuttoSport claims Liverpool are one club after Andrea Belotti. They’re certainly not alone in that, however, as sides from all over Europe look at the Torino captain.
For Liverpool, however, he’d be a signing of true intent. They don’t often go for players like this and the Premier League would have to take note.
Andrea Belotti to Liverpool?
Look, we’ll start off by saying we don’t see this one happening. There are a lot of rumours out of Italy throughout the year, few of which come to fruition.
There’s also the fact that Liverpool don’t typically sign players like Belotti. He’s 27 and unproven with an elite club, meaning he’d almost certainly have some developing to do without much room for it.
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Liverpool tend to sign players 25 and under. There’s a good reason for that – there are a few years before they hit their prime and thus there’s room to grow.
There are remarkably few exceptions to this since Jurgen Klopp took over. The only major one, really, was Thiago last summer.
But he’s different – a bonafide superstar, proven at the top level. Belotti isn’t that. He’s a risk.
Taking a chance
But what if it did happen? It would catch us off guard, certainly, and that’s why we see it as a potential statement signing.
Because this would be Liverpool moving out of their comfort zone for a player who’s in his prime years. They’d be taking a chance on someone and it’s one that could go wrong.
Essentially, it would be a ‘win now’ signing – Liverpool would hope there’s no developing to do and that Belotti can score goals immediately.
And in that sense, there’s some logic to this. Liverpool don’t actually have a player like Belotti, after all, who can operate as a physical presence up top and has a solid goal record (91 Serie A goals for Torino).
We recently talked about a need for that, though. Divock Origi is supposed to offer just that but his form has been awful for two years.
Belotti, then, would be an out-and-out striker who fits a mould no other Liverpool player does. He would immediately make the team more dangerous and potent going forward.
The Italian is a better target for crosses than anyone else in the side. He’s a more natural finisher, too, while he wouldn’t immediately be a star, either. That’s important as Belotti wouldn’t necessarily upset the current side.
Instead, he’d be a complement to the current forwards. The Athletic claims Jurgen Klopp wants exactly that.
Belotti could be a statement signing, then. Liverpool giving Klopp what he wants right now, rather than in a few years, in a way that can help them fire this current side to the top once again.
We wouldn’t put money on it happening but we’d be thrilled if it did.