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Liverpool Enter The Race For This Southampton Talent: Should Klopp Bring Him To Anfield?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent tweet, renowned journalist Fabrizio Romano claimed that Liverpool have entered the race for Southampton talent Romeo Lavia. It has been stated that the Reds are eyeing a move to secure the services of the Belgian sensation but could face competition in the form of Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea in pursuit of him.

Lavia’s Impressive Form In Premier League Football Last Season

Lavia has enjoyed a decent campaign at Southampton as he managed to put in a run of consistent displays for them at the centre of the park. However, his efforts were not enough to keep the Saints in the Premier League.

The Belgian sensation made 35 appearances for his current club last season, scoring one goal and securing one assist across all competitions. The 19-year-old anchored the midfield well by averaging 2.1 tackles, 1.1 interceptions, 0.8 clearances, 0.6 key passes and 1.0 dribbles per game in the Premier League. He was even excellent when distributing the ball from midfield after completing 86.4% of his attempted passes in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).

Lavia is under contract at St. Mary’s Stadium until 2027. However, Southampton’s relegation could open the door for the Reds to sign him this summer.

Romeo Lavia
Southampton’s Belgian midfielder Romeo Lavia (L) fights for the ball with Newcastle United’s Brazilian striker Joelinton during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St James’ Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on April 30, 2023. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)

Should Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp Bring Lavia To Anfield?

Lavia can get stuck in with a few crunching tackles to make life tough for the opposition in the middle of the park. He usually clears the danger when required and can make some timely interceptions for his side. The Belgian midfield ace is a decent passer of the ball as well and can make a few driving runs with the ball from midfield.

We can expect Lavia to inject more energy and depth into Jurgen Klopp‘s midfield at Anfield. He might even help the Reds compete for a lot of major honours over the next decade.

At 19, Lavia has got a bright future ahead of him, so Klopp should try everything he can to bring him to Merseyside this summer.

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