Liverpool have suffered a setback in the transfer market as Juventus have refused to discuss a transfer for one of their young players.
Liverpool are set to allow Xherdan Shaqiri to leave this summer after the Swiss expressed his desire to try a new challenge. In addition to that, several of Jurgen Klopp’s key members are entering their 30s, with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane both inclusive. As a result, the Reds are expected to have a productive couple of years and sign younger forwards.
Bayern Munich star Kingsley Coman had been linked with a move to Anfield since a few weeks, but there has been no development over the Frenchman’s future. However, in one of the most recent episodes surrounding Liverpool, they have had an approach get rebuked for Juventus forward Dejan Kulusevski who they had hoped to bring in this summer, as per Tutto Sport.
Kulusevski managed to win prominence under Andrea Pirlo’s tactical setup and was rewarded with regular minutes in his first season at the club. Like his predecessor, Massimiliano Allegri is expected to make the Swedish international a crucial part of his system.
Dejan Kulusevski has a starring role at the Allianz Stadium and even started crucial games ahead of Paulo Dybala, which goes on to show the faith which the Juventus management has in him. The club sees him as its future and is not willing to listen to offers for one of its best young players. It is understandable that Juve want to build a young squad.
As far as Liverpool are concerned, they will have to explore better and more economical alternatives. Kulusevski has proven himself in the Serie A but perhaps has to show an improvement in terms of his decision-making and physique to be able to succeed in the Premier League. Plus, Kulusevski may not have been a player who fits Klopp’s system.
Jurgen Klopp prefers having players with a very high work-rate and those who can press continuously when playing without the ball. The wingers in his system also have a significant amount of defending to do, which is part of the reason why his sides have as good a defensive record as an offensive one. The 21-year-old has a very low work-rate defensively.
While their attempts of signing a player of Kulusevski’s potential may have been pegged back at the moment, Liverpool can see this as a blessing in disguise. A player like Kingsley Coman, or even Adama Traore, who they have been recently linked with, will both be better options to pursue. Which wingers do you think will fit into Liverpool’s high-intensity system?