Liverpool should use their upcoming pre-season friendly against RB Salzburg to run the rule over reported target Luka Sucic.
As per liverpoolfc.com, Salzburg have been added to Liverpool’s pre-season friendlies fixtures. The Reds will take on the Austrian champions at their home stadium at 7pm on Wednesday July 27th.
Not only will that give Liverpool a good test against a Champions League-level team, but it will also give them the opportunity to scout Sucic up close.
With the midfield in need of strengthening still, perhaps a good performance will put him in Liverpool’s thoughts.
Sucic fits the Liverpool profile
Liverpool have reportedly been keeping a close eye on Sucic’s performances with a view to a move to Anfield.
The 19-year-old, who has already been capped at senior level by Croatia, bagged 11 goals from midfield last season.
His rangy athleticism and raids forward from midfield are rare to see from someone so young.
According to journalist David Lynch, Liverpool are reportedly looking for a midfielder in their early 20’s with an ‘impressive athletic profile’ (The National).
Although slightly younger still, Sucic already has that profile.
Salzburg are notorious for producing some of the best young talent on the continent. If a youngster is having an impact there, then he’s probably worth keeping a tab on.
Auditioning in-front of Klopp
Darwin Nunez’s signing this summer is yet more proof that Jurgen Klopp likes to watch a player live when mulling over a transfer.
It was the same with Takumi Minamino at Salzburg. A good performance against Liverpool can sometimes lead to interest being intensified.
That obviously won’t be the case for everyone. For every player who has earnt a move, there are hundreds who’s good performances against The Reds have led to absolutely nothing.
But Liverpool are on the hunt for a midfielder. In that context, it could be worth fans taken an added interest into how the teenager fares.
The stakes are obviously lower in pre-season. But if Sucic can turn a few heads next month, who knows what it could lead to for him, and for Liverpool.