Liverpool FC Opinion: The Reds should sign Junior Firpo to strengthen their defence
The 22-year-old has had a great international run as he was part of the Spanish national team that won the recently concluded U21 Championship.
Firpo’s breakthrough season in La Liga
Like many of his teammates, Firpo had his fair share of success in his first ever season, becoming a regular for the La Liga outfit. In the long run, he racked up a total of 5 goals and 7 assists, an appealing stat for a youngster in his debut season.
Furthermore, he holds a release clause worth £50m and has a contract until 2023.
Liverpool’s need for a second-string left-back
By and large, Andrew Robertson became an indispensable asset in the previous season, where the Reds eventually clinched Champions League glory.
In fact, the Scotsman’s toiling nature and match-winning performances were some important aspects for the Klopp’s winning formula. However, the German manager can’t afford to take many risks on the former Hull City left-back and should plan for contingencies.
With Alberto Moreno not being considered a viable addition, a promising talent like Firpo could provide luxury to the Scottish captain.
The Spaniard held a pass success percentage of 82 in La Liga, which is right up there with Barcelona’s Jordi Alba, who garnered a percentage of 85.
In addition, Firpo can also play as a wide midfielder and often likes to participate in the attacking third. He also rightly balances his play between the attack and the defence, evidenced by the fact that he averaged 3.7 clearances and 2.2 interceptions per game in the U21 campaign.
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And the addition of Firpo could also raise the bar for Robertson to sustain his place in the team under Klopp.
The Merseyside club are heading to the next season with the primary objective of winning the elusive Premier League crown.
Whilst their strength in the previous season turned out to be their full-backs, the Reds should consider signing Firpo, with whom their defence would be strengthened sevenfold.