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Liverpool wanted Edinson Cavani but Vlahovic could be better long-term alternative

Liverpool reportedly wanted to sign Edinson Cavani before he joined Manchester United and now they should sign Dusan Vlahovic as a long-term alternative.

The Uruguayan, who earns £160,000 a week, is one of the top finishers in Europe over the last decade and Spanish publication El Nacional claims that they tried to sign him from Manchester United in the summer.

A slightly unbelievable claim but, if Liverpool need a centre-forward in that mould, someone like Dusan Vlahovic would be a very good option and he wants out of Fiorentina.

The Serbian scored 21 goals last season and, while you must consider whether or not he could replicate it in the Premier League, it looks as though he could be one of the top strikers of the next several years.

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Vlahovic is reportedly a target for Liverpool. The latest update on Liverpool’s interest in signing him comes from Tuttomercatoweb, who cites Tuttosport as suggesting that both Manchester City and Liverpool are ‘willing to invest significant sums’ to sign him.

Jurgen Klopp has not had a world-class no.9 at Liverpool but, after seeing what Robert Lewandowski was able to achieve under the German with Borussia Dortmund, I would love to see FSG sign someone able to score 25-30 goals from central areas.

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Signing Vlahovic would require some tweaks to Liverpool’s system. But, with the service from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson, I could see him taking the Reds to the next level.

It would mean less movement out wide into the inside channels, so I’m not sure what that would mean for Mohamed Salah, in particular, but also for Sadio Mane, who thrives when collecting the ball on the touchline and driving diagonally into the box.

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It would also mean that Klopp wouldn’t have much defensive contributions from striker in the way that we’ve seen Jota and Firmino contribute with intense pressing from the very front, as well as dropping into midfield to follow a run.

This could be the main reason why Klopp hasn’t made a move or opened talks with the player. His Liverpool system depends on intensity up front and the ability to transition from defence to attack in split seconds and score quickfire goals.

Hopefully, if there isn’t actually anything in play for Vlahovic, that there is someone with a similar strike rate.

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