Liverpool will surely have eyes on Watford striker Emmanuel Dennis right now as they consider upcoming transfers. The Nigerian could be perfect.
There’s talk right now that Liverpool could sell Divock Origi. That’s according to the Telegraph, for instance, who believe the Reds could accept as little as £7m.
Origi is in a strange position, of course. He’s Liverpool’s only real out-and-out striker, with everyone else either a natural wide player or False 9. He also barely plays, despite boasting a decent goal record.
But Origi’s wages mean Liverpool could sell and could sell cheap. That would, surely, necessitate a signing, though, as the Reds do need attacking cover.
That’s why we’re mentioning Emmanuel Dennis as a potential Liverpool transfer target, then. He appears to be exactly what the Reds want.
Emmanuel Dennis: Liverpool transfer target?
There are really three things Liverpool want in a forward. Firstly, they’ve got to work and press hard – otherwise, the team’s overall system breaks down. Beyond that, the Reds like quick players who can finish. Really, every attacking signing under Jurgen Klopp has fit that description.
And so Dennis really should be someone Liverpool look at. Using StatsBomb data from FBref, we can see exactly what the player brings and to what level – and he has the look of a Red.
For starters, Dennis presses about as hard as any player in Europe right now. He’s in the 98th percentile for forwards across Europe’s top five leagues and 99th for tackles. Defensively, Dennis is just brilliant.
But he also ticks the right boxes in other ways. He’s an outstanding dribbler, something Liverpool really lean into at the moment, while he averages an assist at just under one every three games.
Then there’s the fact Dennis has eight goals already this season, and in a struggling side to boot. Watford are relying on him to keep above water and it’s just about working.
“I’m impressed a lot with his performances,” Watford boss Claudio Ranieri told Sky Sports. “He’s very fast, he scores goals, and makes a lot of assists for us. I hope he can continue in this way. He’s young and can score goals.
“I think he could play for these big teams. He must continue to improve and I speak a lot with him. I’m sure at the end of the season he can go into the big teams – but also he can stay in Watford!”
We think Dennis could play in ‘big teams’, too. And if Origi really is off, Liverpool should look at Dennis as potentially a perfect signing. At only 24, we think there’s incredible potential here.