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Liverpool Are Interested In This Atletico Midfielder: Should Klopp Bring Him Aboard?

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According to a report from Liverpool Echo, Marcos Llorente, a prominent player from Atletico Madrid, has emerged as a potential target for a move to Anfield. It is understood that Liverpool and Manchester United are interested in the 28-year-old midfielder, especially considering Atletico’s financial challenges, which require them to sell players this summer.

Llorente’s Campaign With Atletico Madrid Last Season

Llorente enjoyed a decent campaign at Wanda Metropolitano as he put in a series of consistent displays for the Spanish outfit in the middle of the park. The Uruguay international was involved in 26 matches for the Madrid outfit last season, scoring three times and earning two assists in all competitions.

The 28-year-old was a reliable performer in the holding midfield positions based on his average of 1.1 shots, 1.3 key passes and 1.5 tackles per game in La Liga football. He even distributed possession really well in the opposition half, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 85.9% in the top tier of Spanish football (stats via whoscored).

Marcos Llorente of Atletico Madrid linked to Liverpool
Atletico Madrid’s Spanish midfielder Marcos Llorente (L) fights for the ball with Rayo Vallecano’s Spanish defender Fran Garcia during the Spanish league football match between Rayo Vallecano de Madrid and Club Atletico de Madrid at the Vallecas stadium in Madrid on April 9, 2023. (Photo by Pierre-Philippe MARCOU / AFP) (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Should Klopp Bring Him To Liverpool?

Llorente’s rise to prominence can be attributed to his remarkable versatility. With his exceptional abilities and remarkable versatility, Llorente has become a linchpin in Diego Simeone’s side and a highly sought-after player by top European clubs.

While primarily a defensive midfielder, Llorente possesses the stamina, vision, and technical skill set to make marauding runs from deep positions into the opponent’s territory. His ability to seamlessly transition from a defensive shield to an attacking threat has been pivotal in Atletico’s counter-attacking style of play.

Apart from his defensive solidity and goal-scoring prowess, the Spanish talent has also showcased his creativity and playmaking abilities. With precise passing and intelligent decision-making, he has proven to be a crucial link between defence and attack. Thus, he would be a great fit for Jurgen Klopp’s style of play at Anfield.

His arrival at Merseyside would provide an even greater depth in the midfield department as he could partner up with Dominik Szoboszlai and Alexis Mac Allister in the middle of the park, proving to be a deadly trio next season. Hence, Klopp should do everything he can to acquire his services this summer.

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