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Opinion: Pascal Gross would be most bizarre Liverpool signing in years

Liverpool want Pascal Gross from Brighton, according to reports. He’d be one of the most bizarre signings in years.

TuttoMercatoWeb claims Liverpool want Pascal Gross this summer. He’s ‘in the sights’ of the Reds and Jurgen Klopp and ready for a step up next season.

Why an Italian outlet? Because clubs in Serie A may also look at Gross, who is open to a move there.

Liverpool’s apparent interest is strange, though. In fact, it would make Gross one of their most bizarre signings in years.

Pascal Gross to Liverpool?

There’s little doubt that Gross has a lot of quality. As TMW’s article point out, he’s one of the Premier League’s most creative players.

Per Whoscored, he creates 2.1 chances for teammates per game – joint-sixth best in the Premier League, alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold and Raphinha.

So we can see why Liverpool would want that. Who wouldn’t? Creative players aren’t exactly easy to find.

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What really confuses us about this one, though, is Gross’s age. He turned 30 today and is firmly heading into his twilight years.

Now, that’s not always the worst thing in the world. Thiago was 29 when he arrived and we thought that made sense. But he’s a world-class talent who takes up a first-choice role in Liverpool’s XI.

Gross wouldn’t. He’d be a 30-year-old squad player and that’s roughly the last thing Liverpool need right now.

Both Jordan Henderson and Thiago are now 30. James Milner is 35. Adding another player in that age bracket just doesn’t make sense to us – Liverpool need younger players who can move into their prime when the current stars fade.

In fact, that’s reportedly one of the reasons Liverpool didn’t sign Gini Wijnaldum to a new contract, per the Mirror. He was 30 and it didn’t make sense to pay big money for a player that old.

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Does adding another one make sense, then? Surely the extra wages for Wijnaldum would have been better.

One other ‘worry’ is that we’re not sure Gross is a good fit, either. His pressing doesn’t match that of Liverpool’s other midfielders.

Per FBref, Gross is around the 31st percentile for pressing per game as a midfielder. Curtis Jones, for instance, is 55th percentile.

When it comes to pressing successfully, Gross falls all the way down to 13th. Jones, on the other hand, is 56th. We’re not sure that’s something Gross would develop at 30 – not to the levels Liverpool would want.

This one just doesn’t make sense to us, then. The original source isn’t the strongest as it is and we can’t see it happening.

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