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Liverpool Have Cooled Their Interest In This Talented Winger: Is Klopp Making The Right Call?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to a recent report by Sky Sports, Liverpool have cooled their interest in Werder Bremen winger Milot Rashica ahead of the summer transfer window. The same source has also mentioned that Aston Villa, Brighton and Hove Albion, West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers are currently vying for his signature after the Reds decided to cool their interest in the Kosovan attacker.

Rashica’s Impressive Form In Germany This Season

The 23-year-old has enjoyed a fruitful season in the Bundesliga after flourishing as an essential part of the Bremen attack. He has produced some match-winning performances for the German outfit which has made him a favourite among the supporters at the Weser Stadium. Rashica has banged in ten goals and provided five assists in 24 appearances for Florian Kohfeldt’s side this term across all competitions which highlight his growing influence in German football.

The Vushtrri-born talent has caught the eye after averaging 3.0 shots, 1.6 key passes and 2.2 dribbles per game in the German top-flight this season (stats via whoscored). His numbers showcase just how consistent he has been when he has been asked to stretch the pitch down the left flank.

Rashica has also received a lot of game time at the international stage after representing the Kosovan national team in 25 senior matches while registering four goals for his country thus far. As long as he can continue to improve his game with each season, we can expect him to play a crucial role for his homeland in the years to come.

Milot Rashica of SV Werder Bremen applauds the fans after the DFB Cup quarterfinal match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Bremen at Commerzbank Arena on March 04, 2020 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Bongarts/Getty Images)

What Does The Kosovan International Bring To The Table?

Rashica is blessed with blistering pace which he can use to get the better of his marker out on the wide areas. He is also a composed dribbler with the ball and is agile enough to cause all sorts of problems for the opposition defenders. The Kosovan packs a lot of venom with his strikes on target. However, he can sometimes throw away possession as evidenced by his mediocre pass completion rate of 73.8% in the Bundesliga this season (stats via whoscored).

Did Jurgen Klopp Make The Right Call By Cooling His Interest In Rashica?

A promising young winger like Rashica would have been a welcome addition to the Liverpool squad as he has the potential to become a top-class player in his position someday. He would have not only added a lot of pace and variety to the Reds attack but also provided some healthy competition for the likes of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi at Anfield.

Rashica is highly versatile as he can operate in multiple roles across the frontline. He has primarily been deployed as a left-sided wide player but is equally comfortable when he has been given the responsibility to lead the line down the middle. However, the 23-year-old is far from a finished product and would need time before he is ready to perform consistently at the highest level.

The Kosovan prospect also lacks experience in European football which suggests that he would have been a massive gamble if Liverpool decided to recruit him before the start of the new campaign. If the Bremen star can maintain his high standards in the coming seasons, then the Merseysiders should undeniably consider orchestrating a move for him when the player hits his peak in the future. But for now, Klopp is better of keeping his cards close to his chest. All in all, it seems like the Reds head coach has made the right call by cooling his interest in Rashica this summer.

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