Liverpool Show Interest In Ligue 1 Winger With Tottenham Also Interested: Right Choice For The Reds?

Netherlands' Memphis Depay celebrates after scoring a goal during the World Cup 2018 qualifying match between Luxembourg and Netherlands on November 13, 2016 at the Josy Barthel Stadium in Luxembourg. / AFP / JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

According to a recent report by Calciomercato (translated by Sport Witness), Liverpool are fond of Olympique Lyonnais wide player Memphis Depay. However, the Reds are not the only ones keeping a close eye on the Netherlands international as Tottenham Hotspur are also being linked with him by the same source.

Depay’s Recent Resurgence In European Football

Since joining Lyon from Manchester United in the summer of 2017, the Dutch winger has played some of the best football of his career in the Ligue 1. The PSV Eindhoven youth product has netted 50 goals and provided 42 assists in a total of 130 matches for the French giants across all competitions.

Depay has made a brilliant start to this season as well after scoring 11 goals and creating one assist in 14 appearances for Rudi Garcia’s side on all fronts. When firing on all cylinders, he can be devastating in attack and has shown that he can find the back of the net consistently at the highest level.

The 25-year-old has been a vital member of the Netherlands national team and did well to help his country make it through to the UEFA Nations League final that was held in Portugal earlier this year. However, the Dutch players eventually ended up losing to Portugal with a 1-0 scoreline. Depay has registered 19 goals in 51 international matches for his country thus far.

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Depay boasts blistering pace and can be a productive option up top. He is averaging 3.4 shots, 2.3 key passes and 2.6 dribbles per game this season (stats via whoscored). The Dutch wide player excels when interchanging quick passes with others around him but is more renowned for his prolific nature in front of the opposition goal. 

Depay has transformed himself into a prolific goal-getter so he could be a decent acquisition for the Reds as he can improve their overall squad depth. However, there are no guarantees that the Dutch sensation will be able to secure a regular starting berth at Merseyside as Jurgen Klopp currently has Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane occupying the wing positions in his first-team.

Is Depay The Right Choice For Klopp?

The Dutch dynamo will be a shrewd signing for the European champions if they can find a way to bring him to Anfield in the future. The likes of Virgil Van Dijk and Georgino Wijnaldum could also make life easier for Depay in England as they are international teammates. At this moment, the Merseyside outfit has more important issues to deal with as they have a season-defining showdown coming up against the Premier League champions, Manchester City this weekend. So any transfer decisions will have to wait until at least January or the end of this campaign.

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