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Liverpool Have Been Linked To This PSG Star: Is The French Maestro On His Way To Anfield?

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According to a report from Liverpool Echo, the Reds might have their sights set on Marco Verratti this summer as part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans to undertake a second midfield rebuild for the next season. It was also stated that Atletico Madrid have engaged in discussions with Paris Saint-Germain concerning a potential transfer for the 30-year-old midfielder, so the Reds might face some heavy competition.

Additionally, Verratti has received offers from two undisclosed Premier League clubs, out of which one is being speculated to be the Merseyside club that await Jordan Henderson and Fabinho’s impending departures this summer.

Verratti’s Campaign With Paris Saint-Germain Last Season

Verratti showcased an impressive run of form for PSG last season, maintaining his reputation as a consistent performer over the past few years. Despite his solid campaign in the middle of the park, it is somewhat surprising that he managed to secure just one assist in 36 appearances across various competitions, given his abilities in the attacking third.

Marco Verratti of PSG linked to Liverpool
Paris Saint-Germain’s Italian midfielder Marco Verratti (C) takes part in a training session at the new “campus” of French L1 Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) football club at Poissy, some 30kms west of Paris on July 20, 2023, ahead of the club’s Japan tour. (Photo by JULIEN DE ROSA / AFP) (Photo by JULIEN DE ROSA/AFP via Getty Images)

Nevertheless, the seasoned midfielder compensated with outstanding defensive displays in the midfield area. In Ligue 1, he averaged 1.0 dribble, 1.1 key passes, 2.6 tackles, and 0.98 interceptions per game. His ball distribution skills were also exceptional, as he completed 92.9% of his attempted passes in the French top flight (stats via whoscored).

What Can He Bring To Liverpool?

The Italian international is widely acknowledged as one of the finest midfielders globally, making him a perfect match for Jurgen Klopp’s team. Verratti’s mastery of ball retention, exceptional vision, and passing abilities allow him to unlock even the most stubborn defences. Additionally, his adeptness in dribbling and defensive contributions make him an all-around asset.

Verratti’s addition would significantly bolster Liverpool’s midfield, addressing their need for a more creative presence in the centre of the pitch while also providing defensive stability. Furthermore, his track record of winning nine Ligue 1 titles with PSG speaks to his proven success.

Nonetheless, there are legitimate concerns about Verratti’s injury history, as he has recently faced significant periods of absence. However, securing him would be a considerable achievement for Liverpool if he can maintain his fitness.

Having Verratti on the team alongside Dominik Szoboszlai and Alexis Mac Allister would grant the Reds one of the most well-balanced and deadly midfield trios in Europe, positioning them as strong contenders for both the Premier League title and the Champions League.

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