Why Liverpool signing David Neres would add another feather to their cap
According to claims from Italian outlet Calciomercato, Liverpool are interested in signing Ajax winger David Neres in January, with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp keen to add more depth to his attacking ranks.
The 22-year-old Brazilian international was heavily linked with moves to several Premier League clubs, including Liverpool, in the summer and while nothing came to fruition back then, the talented winger might not have to wait too long to get a chance to impress in English football.
Neres, who joined Eredivisie heavyweights Ajax from Sao Paulo in his homeland in January 2017, has carved out a big reputation for himself as one of the best young attacking talents in Europe and has been tipped for stardom in the years to come.
The talented winger bagged a staggering 12 goals and 15 assists in 50 appearances across all competitions the last term and guided Brazil to the Copa America crown earlier in the summer. Unsurprisingly, he has already hit the ground running this season as well, scoring twice in 5 league starts.
Along with Matthijs de Light, Frenkie de Jong, Donny van de Beek and several others, Neres was one of the architects of Ajax’s fairytale run to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League last season, where he also proved his credentials with goals against top-quality sides like Real Madrid and Juventus.
A technically-gifted attacking midfielder blessed with the innate ability to create space down the wide areas, the 22-year-old has caught the eye for Ajax with his pace, dribbling and direct style of play, whilst his vision and high footballing intelligence are other attributes that make the Brazilian an absolute nightmare for the defenders to cope with.
To put things into perspective, it should be an absolute no-brainer for Liverpool to go all out in their pursuit of David Neres during the mid-season trading period in a bid to add more depth and firepower to an attacking cavalry already boasting of the likes of Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino.
The Reds triumphed 1-0 away at Sheffield United this weekend to preserve their perfect record in the Premier League, as Klopp’s side maintained a five-point advantage over defending champions Man City at the top of the table.
For a change, though, it was Georginio Wijnaldum who got his name on the scoresheet this week. Salah, Mane and Firmino have scored 11 out of the 18 goals that the Reds have managed in the Premier League thus far, numbers which clearly indicate that the devastating front trio has once again had to shoulder the bulk of the scoring workload at Anfield.
While that is hardly a surprise given how Liverpool play, Klopp would need to manage the workload and give the likes of Salah and Mane some much-needed rest later on in the season when the fixtures come thick and fast.
To that end, someone like Neres, who has the versatility to operate on either flank, could come in hands for the Reds and it is imperative to say that the Brazilian still has a lot of room for growth and improvement at the age of 22, meaning that Liverpool can definitely afford to look at him as a smart long-term investment.
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Suffice to say, signing Neres would provide Liverpool with a player in the mould of some of their key attackers and certainly release the workload on some of their existing stalwarts.