Lautaro Martinez last night showed exactly why Liverpool should be keeping tabs on him as a potential Sadio Mane successor.
The 24-year-old was sensational for Argentina as he bagged a goal and an assist to win his country the Finalissima trophy.
It marked a second-half of the season that should have alerted Liverpool’s attention. Ending the season with 24 goals for Inter Milan, he even managed to outscore The Reds’ outgoing number 10.
Martinez has been reported as being of interest to Liverpool in the past. With his future at Inter uncertain, now would look like the opportune time to make a move.
Martinez shines for Argentina
If you haven’t seen Lautaro’s assist for Angel Di Maria last night yet, then I suggest you go and look it up immediately.
Facing his own goal, the attacker rolls off the challenge of Leonardo Bonucci on the half-way line. Not many can brush off the Juventus man so easily, but Lautaro showed off his fantastic strength.
He then drives at Giorgio Chiellini and Giovanni Di Lorenzo before releasing an inch-perfect through ball in behind the Italy captain.
It was a piece of play reminiscent of Mane at his absolute best for Liverpool. Strength, composure on the ball and incredible technical ability all in one.
This all after he’d put Argentina ahead with a poachers finish inside the six yard box, too. A couple of perfect examples as to why Lionel Messi once called him ‘spectacular’ via The Mirror.
Where could he fit at Liverpool
Despite his importance to the team, the club are still searching for ways to solve some financial issues. As one of their top assets, Martinez could find himself sacrificed for this purpose.
From Liverpool’s point of view, they are reportedly looking into buying a striker, not a winger to replace Mane. There aren’t too many around right now who are better than Lautaro.
He’s not an out-and-out striker, he likes drop deep a la Roberto Firmino and is also comfortable out wide. This versatility would suit what Jurgen Klopp demands from his attackers and would add to Liverpool’s flexibility up front.
As the need to find a new goalscorer intensifies, Martinez’s display last night was a reminder of the qualities he could bring to Anfield.