Liverpool Face Fierce Competition In Pursuit Of This La Liga Winger: Is He The Right Fit For Klopp?

Ferran Torres of Spain celebrates after scoring a goal during the second semi final football match between Mali and Spain in the FIFA U-17 World Cup at the D.Y.Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai on October 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PUNIT PARANJPE (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)

According to a recent report by Mundo Deportivo, Liverpool will face stiff competition from Real Madrid and Barcelona in pursuit of Valencia wide player Ferran Torres. The Spanish playmaker has already rejected two contract renewal offers with his current deal at the Mestalla Stadium set to run out in the summer of 2021 (via Mundo Deportivo).

Torres’ Recent Emergence At The Mestalla

Torres came through the youth ranks of Valencia before breaking out as a first-team starter last season. He has already overtaken his goals and assists tally from the previous campaign after netting five and providing six assists in 34 matches so far in this term on all fronts. The Spaniard has shown signs of improvement and looks set to have a bright future in Spanish football.

The 20-year-old has also put in a few eye-catching displays in the UEFA Champions League this season and has averaged 1.4 shots, 1.6 key passes and 2.2 dribbles in every 90 minutes of European football (stats via whoscored). The numbers shed light on his remarkable rise at Valencia over the past 18 months.

Torres has also represented Spain at various youth levels but is still waiting to earn his first senior call-up at the international level. If the Foios-born talent can continue to make progress with each year, then there is no doubt that he will be an influential player for his nation someday.

Ferran Torres of Valencia runs with the ball during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final Second Leg match between Valencia and Villarreal at Estadi de Mestalla on April 18, 2019, in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

What Will The Spanish Prospect Bring To Anfield?

Torres can use his quickness and agility to make some driving runs out of the wide areas. He has often been deployed on the right-wing but can also operate down the left flank if required. At 20, the Valencia youth product already has a lot of minutes under his belt which is why he has scored or set-up so many crucial goals for his team this season. Even though the Spanish sensation’s overall game is still rough around the edges, it seems like he has the potential to break into the world-class bracket in the coming years.

Is Torres The Right Fit For The Merseyside Giants?

His versatility and recent stats make him an attractive option for Liverpool to consider at the end of this campaign. Torres will be an excellent coup for the Reds if they can find a way to lure him to Anfield this summer. The Valencia playmaker will he be a decent back-up for Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah and will also provide some youthful exuberance and goal-threat off the bench. He will also give Jurgen Klopp the freedom to be more experimental with his formation and tactics next season.

All in all, he will be a good fit for the Merseyside club but only if he is seen as a squad player by Klopp. Torres still has a lot to learn before he is ready to feature in the Premier League week in week out, so Liverpool will have to be patient if they choose to sign him ahead of the new season.

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