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Liverpool Keeping A Keen Eye On This Bournemouth Playmaker: Is He The Right Choice For The Reds?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to a recent report by The Sun, Liverpool are keeping a keen eye on Bournemouth playmaker David Brooks this summer. The same source has also claimed that the Reds are looking to add more depth to their squad ahead of the new season and have identified the Cherries attacker as a potential option during this summer transfer period.

Brooks’ Underwhelming Season At Bournemouth

The 23-year-old endured a frustrating campaign with the South-coast club as he missed out on several games after undergoing an ankle surgery. He scored one goal in nine appearances for Eddie Howe’s side last season, receiving a total of 511 minutes of game time in the process.

Brooks has averaged 0.7 shots, 0.7 key passes and 1.3 dribbles per game in the Premier League which highlights his recent struggles at the Vitality Stadium. He has even been quite average with his ball-distribution after completing 73.9% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

The former Sheffield United ace has earned 12 senior caps for the Welsh national team, netting one goal for his country thus far. Maybe a high-profile summer switch to Anfield could be an ideal chance for him to leave his injury troubles behind and make a fresh start under the masterful guidance of Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool keeping a keen eye on Bournemouth's David Brooks who is in action in the photo
Tanguy Ndombele of Tottenham Hotspur is challenged by David Brooks of AFC Bournemouth during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur at Vitality Stadium on July 09, 2020, in Bournemouth, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Neil Hall/Pool via Getty Images)

What Will The Welsh Winger Bring To Anfield?

Brooks can use his quickness and agility to make a few driving runs with the ball out on the wide areas. He is proficient at dribbling with the ball, but has failed to prove his worth in the final third last season. However, the Welsh wing wizard enjoyed a rich vein of form back in the 2018-19 Premier League campaign, when he banged in seven goals and five assists for the Cherries across all competitions. If Brooks can get his game back to that standard, then he could prove to be a decent coup for the Reds this summer.

Is Brooks A Good Choice For The Merseyside Giants?

The Warrington-born wide player will not only add more pace and creativity to Klopp’s attack, but also enhance the depth of his squad at Anfield. He has what it takes to be a reliable squad player as long as he can stay away from injuries in the coming seasons.

Plus, Brooks will provide some much-needed competition for the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi for a place in the Liverpool first-team. However, he is still not good enough to rival Klopp’s fabulous front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, so he can expect to spend a lot of time on the bench. All in all, Brooks will be an ideal choice for the champions of England as he will help them compete for some domestic silverware in the years to come.

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