As reported by The Express, John Aldridge has backed Jurgen Klopp to sign two Tottenham Hotspur attackers in Son Heung-Min and Lucas Moura. The former Liverpool striker believes that the Reds need to shore up their attack if they are to compete with Manchester City for the Premier League title next season and securing the services of this Spurs’ duo could go a long way in ensuring that.
“Moura is a tricky forward who could slot into the team if any of the front three were out and the same could be said of his team-mate Son Heung-min, although I would be surprised if Spurs allowed the South Korean to leave after his outstanding season.
It may be that Klopp and his excellent team of scouts have an ace up their sleeves as they look for an extra striker, with their signings over the last couple of years confirming they tend to get things right when they bring players to Anfield, so I’m confident they will get this one right.” – He added.
What can the duo bring to the table?
Signed from PSG at the start of last year, Lucas has been used in a central role by Mauricio Pochettino this past season, despite him being advertised as an out and out winger. His electric pace coupled with his tenacity have made Spurs much more dangerous on the counter, and that was evident with his performance against Ajax in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final. Indeed, the Brazilian netted a hat-trick to seal a ticket to the final.
As for Son, he needs no introduction really. The South Korean international has been a massive success since moving from Bayer Leverkusen back in 2015. He is a dynamic forward, who has also been used in a central role. One of the things that make Son such a dangerous component in attack is counter-attacking prowess coupled with the excellent close-control that allows him to probe the opposition defence.
How can the duo benefit Liverpool?
The addition of Lucas will provide Klopp with an extra option in the number nine role, and that could be useful given the injury-prone nature of Roberto Firmino. Although the Reds already have Divock Origi, Lucas’ vast experience in top flight football coupled with his pace and mobility could add more bite into the Liverpool attack. Furthermore, the Brazilian can also provide back-up for the two wingers in Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
Son, meanwhile, can be slotted anywhere in the attack and could be the ideal replacement for Salah, should he leave the club. He is a pressing machine, which should suit well with Klopp’s gegenpressing scheme of football, while his pace, dribbling and productivity in the final third could make the Liverpool attack even more lethal than it already is.
However, Son is a bit of an unrealistic target for Liverpool unless we take into account the potential departure of Salah. But, the Egyptian has reportedly rejected advances from Real Madrid and is set to stay at Anfield for another year. Even if he does leave the club, it’s unlikely Tottenham will want to let go of their prized attacking assets to a direct rival.
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