Jurgen Klopp could reportedly get his hands on Saul Niguez this summer. The Liverpool boss would work wonders.
Saul wasn’t getting in the side as often as he had been and fancied a new challenge. Atletico weren’t setting too high of a price, either – it could have dropped to £30m.
AS claim Liverpool are looking at Saul this summer. They’re not alone in that but the Reds could potentially move forward on a deal worth £35m.
In doing so, they’d hand Jurgen Klopp a player he could work wonders with.
Jurgen Klopp and Saul Niguez
Saul is a player with a natural place in the Liverpool squad. Gini Wijnaldum leaves at the end of the month, creating a gap for someone.
The Dutchman spent his time here playing on the left of a midfield three. Saul, a left-footed midfielder, should fit perfectly there.
The Spaniard is also a wonderfully versatile player, capable of playing wide in midfield, in a deep role or box-to-box. All three are requirements for a Liverpool midfielder.
Klopp has built his system on a pragmatic midfield. One that adapts to each game situation and that can play any type of football.
They’ll defend the edge of their own box when needed. They’ll push up high when needed. Klopp can have them playing high-tempo counter-attacking football much as he can have them playing a patient possession game.
His midfielders will drift wide to cover the full-backs, and they’ll help plug gaps in the middle. Klopp asks for them to be good at everything, rather than elite at specifics.
Saul fits that mould. This was how journalist Guillem Balague described him in 2018:
“He can play in the Simeone style without the ball, quick putting teams under pressure, but also in the Barcelona style if he wanted to, quick with his passes, and of course he has got the physique to come from deep as he did with one of the goals against Croatia.
“You have got everything in one player.”
Saul could fit in perfectly. But more than that, Klopp could turn him into any player he wants and the 26-year-old is experienced enough to pick it up and listen.
His time working under Diego Simeone will have shown the importance of believing in a coaches’ direction. We firmly believe that’ll translate into working under Klopp.
We’ve seen how the German can improve new signings rapidly. Give him someone as malleable as Saul and we think Klopp can work wonders.