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Liverpool Boss Reignite Interest On This Real Madrid Sensation: What Will He Bring To Anfield?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to a recent report by Mundo Deportivo (translated by the Metro), Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wants to rekindle his interest on Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio after missing out on the Spaniard last year. The same source also reports that Los Blancos have shown no indication that they would consider parting ways with their prized asset this summer as Klopp looks to push a deal through and lure the La Liga talent to Merseyside.

Marco Asensio’s Struggles This Season

Asensio had to endure an underwhelming season with the Galacticos this term as he struggled to find the back of the net or earn assists consistently while on the pitch. Hence, a change in scenery could help him rekindle his career in European football.

The Spanish prospect came through RCD Mallorca’s youth set-up before making a career-defining move to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in the summer of 2015. Soon after, he had experienced a season-long loan spell at Espanyol which helped him improve as a winger and break into Madrid’ starting XI back in 2016.

Asensio has featured in a total of 42 matches for Los Blancos this term, registering six goals while creating seven assists in multiple competitions. The Palma de Mallorca born talent has also represented Spain in 22 international matches and has scored one goal for his country thus far.

What Will The Spanish Wing Wizard Bring To Merseyside?

Asensio is moderately paced but can be a penetrative dribbler with the ball out in the wide areas. He can also open up the most rigid of defences with a killer pass in the final third. Furthermore, the Spaniard is a potent goal-threat from long range and is a composed finisher in front of the opposition goal. However, his inconsistent form this season at the Spanish capital will be a cause for concern.

The addition of a player of Asensio’s versatility might help the Reds compete on all fronts in the coming years. The Spaniard can operate on either flank or play in the number 10 position which makes him such a useful asset at Zinedine Zidane’s disposal. Asensio’s acquisition will undoubtedly improve Jurgen Klopp’s squad depth.

Good Move For Liverpool But Probably Not For Asensio

It is also worth noting that the La Liga star won’t be guaranteed regular first-team opportunities even if he decides to move to Anfield at the end of this campaign. The trio of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah will be Klopp’s first-choice frontline if they stay put at Liverpool beyond this summer. Hence, the Spanish playmaker might be better of going to a place where he would be guaranteed first-team starts next season.

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