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Forget 19-goal Italian, Liverpool could sign Antoine Griezmann

Clubs have a chance to sign Antoine Griezmann from Barcelona, according to reports. We think it’s one for Liverpool to look at.

Journalist Fabio Santini believes Liverpool want Lorenzo Insigne. He told 7 Gold’s ‘Il Processo agli Europeani’ that there was ‘strong interest’ (per Arena Napoli).

Objectively, that shouldn’t be a shock.

He’s going through contract negotiations, meaning there’s always a chance Napoli sell him if he won’t accept a new deal. Insigne is also just a great player and one any team would like to have.

He scored 19 Serie A goals and assisted seven last season while playing from the left wing. The 30-year-old is a highly productive player and one who would significantly boost Liverpool’s attacking options.

But one number really sticks out there: 30. Liverpool don’t usually sign players that old. Thiago, at 29, was a real anomaly last year.

It can make sense, however. Signing a player that old is essentially a ‘win now’ move, where you add someone to boost the experience in the side. Someone who can contribute right away and is already playing at a top level.

They’ll need to be someone who can adapt quickly, of course, but you’d back a 30-year-old to do that. We completely understand Liverpool heading in that direction, too, as their current squad has maybe just two or three more years before it needs a refresh.

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Several key players will be over 30 within a year. Insigne would add to that, both positively and negatively. He’d be another experienced star who can deliver trophies right now but he’d also need replacing soon.

And that brings about a question. If Liverpool want Insigne, shouldn’t they look to sign Antoine Griezmann?

Could Liverpool sign Griezmann?

Sport claims Barcelona are looking to sell Griezmann in order to fund Lionel Messi’s new contract. They’re bringing in players like Memphis Depay and Sergio Aguero, too, leaving little room for the Frenchman in Ronald Koeman’s plans.

Griezmann, much like Insigne, is 30 but he’s also a much more accomplished player than the Italian. That’s no dig at Insigne, either – Griezmann is just one of the most accomplished around.

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He’s a World Cup winner, playing a key part in France’s success. He backs that up with long list of individual awards and achievements, as well as brilliant consistency.

Griezmann’s first season with Barcelona is the only time in the last eight years where he failed to bag 20 goals. And he still managed 15.

He’s undoubtedly a sensational player and one who can take Liverpool to another level. If the Reds truly do want to buy a ‘win now’ player, they can’t do better than the Frenchman.

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