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Liverpool Face Fierce Competition In Pursuit Of This Serie A Forward: What Will He Add To The Side?

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In a recent report, Tuttosport has claimed that Liverpool are facing fierce competition in pursuit of Torino centre-forward Andrea Belotti. It is understood that the Reds could have to battle it out with Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Olympique Lyonnais among other top clubs from Italy in the race to acquire the services of the Italian marksman (via Tuttosport).

Belotti’s Impressive Form At The Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino

The 27-year-old is enjoying a decent season with the Turin outfit because he has caught the eye with his performances as the focal point of Davide Nicola’s attack. Belotti has registered 12 goals and seven assists in 30 matches for the Italian outfit this term in multiple competitions.

The Calcinate-born sensation has managed to contribute in both ends of the field based on his average of 0.9 tackles, 0.6 clearances, 3.3 shots, 1.2 key passes and 1.4 dribbles per game in Serie A this season. However, he has been a bit sloppy with his ball distribution after completing just 70.1% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

Belotti has proven his worth as a good centre-forward but the jury is still out on whether he can maintain his good form in the Premier League where he might find it difficult to cope with the high intensity of English football.

Liverpool face fierce competition in pursuit of Belotti who is seen in the picture
Italy: Serie A: Juventus vs Torino Andrea Belotti of Torino FC during the Serie A football match between Torino FC and Juventus. Sporting stadiums around Italy remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. Juventus Won 9-1 over Pink Bari Turin Italy Copyright: AlbertoxGandolfo

What Will The Italian Striker Add To Jurgen Klopp’s Team?

Belotti has transformed himself into an accomplished finisher in the attacking end of the pitch. He can get himself into some encouraging areas inside the opposition penalty area and excels at creating space for himself to get a few shots in on-target.

The 32-time Italy international is a moderately paced forward who has got a great leap in him that allows him to score some good goals via headers. We can expect him to add plenty of goals and some physical presence to their attack.

Jurgen Klopp is in desperate need to bring some depth to his attacking department that has struggled to bang in the goals regularly in the Premier League this season. Belotti has what it takes to compete with Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino for a place in the Liverpool starting XI next season.

At 27, Belotti is playing at his prime and would enhance the overall depth of Klopp’s match-day squad in the coming seasons. Hence, the Reds should consider launching a move to bring him to the Merseyside this summer.

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