Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Should Liverpool Retain Their Interest In This Spanish Rising Star In January?

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

According to Marca, Liverpool were among the clubs interested in acquiring the services of Dani Olmo in the summer. The Dinamo Zagreb attacker was heavily linked with a move to Manchester City. But, the Premier League champions weren’t the only seeking out his services, with the Reds. Tottenham Hotspur and Atletico Madrid are also among the clubs that were potential suitors for Olmo in the summer (via Marca).

The Spaniard ended up staying at Zagreb, but his future is still in doubt, especially with the January transfer window just around the corner. In this article, we will discuss whether or not Liverpool retain their interest in Olmo.

What can he bring to the table?

Olmo is an attacking midfielder by trade. Although he can feature on both flanks, he mainly likes to operate in the middle and craft scoring opportunities for his team. As you would expect from any Spanish player, he is blessed with immense technical quality, which is coupled with his ability to play quick one-touch football.

However, what makes Olmo such a sought after talent in Europe is his electric pace. Indeed, the 21-year-old can cover grounds very quickly, thanks to his pace. It also allows him to operate as a winger, giving him an edge on the counter.

Another key asset of Olmo’s gameplay is his long-range shooting prowess. He can test the goalkeeper even from a distance, and unlike a traditional playmaker, he doesn’t just rely on his ability to thread passes in between the backline. So, in essence, Olmo can be deemed as a versatile playmaker.

Is he a viable option for Liverpool?

Olmo could be an excellent investment for Liverpool as they look to continue their dominance in English football. The Reds boast one of the most lethal attacking units in Europe. However, they have always lacked the services of a definite playmaker who can influence the game from the middle.

Adam Lallana hasn’t been able to find success under Jurgen Klopp. Same goes for Naby Keita while Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain has struggled with injuries. And that’s where Olmo could come into the fray.

The Spaniard can easily be slotted into the extra midfield slot in Liverpool’s 4-3-3. His pace and technical quality would make him an excellent addition to the Liverpool attack that consists of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

Therefore, we can safely recommend that Liverpool should retain their interest in Olmo and try to sign him up in the upcoming January transfer window.

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