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Liverpool Enter Race For £69m Manchester United Target: Should Klopp Bring Him To Anfield?

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In a recent report, Metro reported that Liverpool have firmly entered the race for Ajax’s Antony. It is understood that Manchester United have failed to meet the Dutch club’s demands as they are asking for £69m. On the other hand, the Reds are showing keen interest, and a bid of £59 million should make the deal happen.

Antony’s Impressive Campaign For Ajax Last Season

Despite picking up an ankle injury towards the end of last season, the Brazilian international played a crucial role in Ajax’s Eredivisie-winning campaign scoring ten goals and producing four assists over 26 appearances across all fronts.

The Sau-Paulo-born sensation managed to put up some awe-inspiring numbers on the board the last term as he averaged 3.4 shots, 1.6 key passes, 1.8 dribbles and 1.1 crosses per game in the Dutch top-flight.

He was even tidy with his ball distribution after completing 82.3% of his attempted passes in the Dutch first division (stats via whoscored).

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Ajax’s Brazilian forward Antony Matheus Dos Santos (L) fights for the ball with Benfica’s Uruguayan forward Darwin Nunez during the UEFA Champions League football match between SL Benfica and Ajax at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on February 23, 2022. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)
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Should Klopp Bring Him To Liverpool?

Antony can make some dangerous runs down the right flank with his pace and agility. He excels at getting past defenders with flair and creating a yard of space for himself. The Brazilian winger can create some meaningful opportunities in the final third with his crossing ability and remains a decent finisher in front of the goal.

At 22, Antony has shown potential, and he could become an attacking threat over the coming years. He is primarily a right winger but can also play as a right-sided wide player when required. Although the Brazilian’s position is already occupied by Mohamed Salah, he could provide cover for the Egyptian star upon his arrival.

In any case, if he wishes to feature regularly in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI, he would have to adapt to other positions on the attacking end of the field. Only then could he establish himself as a key player in Anfield. Despite everything, Klopp would be wise to bring him to Merseyside as it would benefit them financially over the long run.

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