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Update On Liverpool’s Pursuit Of This La Liga Playmaker: What Will He Add To Klopp’s Side?

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In a recent report, Argentine news outlet El Intransigente has provided an update on Liverpool‘s pursuit of Sevilla playmaker Lucas Ocampos. It has been revealed that the Argentine wing wizard prefers a move to Anfield while the Reds are considering whether to launch a move to acquire his services (via El Intransigente).

Ocampos’s Decent Run Of Form At Seville This Season

It has been a season full of promise for the Quilmes-born wide player because he has produced a string of eye-catching performances from the left side of Sevilla’s attack. Ocampos has made 31 appearances for Julen Lopetegui’s side this term, finding the back of the net on seven occasions while securing four assists in various competitions.

The 26-year-old has managed to impact both ends of the field after averaging 1.1 tackles, 0.6 interceptions, 0.7 clearances, 1.9 shots, 1.0 key passes and 2.4 dribbles per match in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League group stages. However, he needs to be a bit more careful when distributing possession in the attacking third as he has completed 77% of his attempted passes in both those competitions (stats via whoscored).

Ocampos is currently under contract at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium until the summer of 2024, so the Reds will have to make a big-money offer if they are to have any chance of recruiting him in the summer.

Update on Liverpool's pursuit of Lucas Ocampos who is in action in the picture
Marseille’s Argentine midfielder Lucas Ocampos (L) vies with Nantes’ Portuguese defender Edgar Le during the French L1 football match between Olympique de Marseille (OM) and Nantes (FC Nantes) at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, on April 28, 2019. (Photo by GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images)

What Will The Argentine Winger Add To Jurgen Klopp’s Side?

Ocampos has got a good engine and is always eager to work his socks off for his team’s benefit. He is proficient at using his pace and agility to complete some dangerous dribbles in the opposition half. Ocampos can regularly contribute by scoring and setting up his fair share of goals from the wide areas.

Standing at 1.87m, the Sevilla star possesses the strength to hold possession up for his teammates and can also net a few goals with his head. Furthermore, he can deliver a few promising crosses into the opponent’s penalty box and can even get back to help his teammates out at the back when needed.

Ocampos’ knack for influencing the game in both halves makes him a good fit for Jurgen Klopp’s style of play at Anfield. He will undeniably add more quality and depth to the Liverpool squad that has been struck by multiple injuries this season.

If this season is anything to go by, Klopp should prioritise adding some cover for Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane by recruiting a player of Ocampos’ skillset before the start of the new campaign. At 26, he will only get better with each season, so the Merseyside giants should focus on arranging a move to lure him to Anfield this summer.

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