Liverpool might have responded well to Philippe Coutinho’s absence, but their latest defeat against bitter rivals Manchester United has exposed Jurgen Klopp’s strategy and pointed out why they still need someone as Influential as the Brazilian ‘number 10’ who used to alter the fate of the games in tight scenarios banking on moment of excellence and majestic long-range stunners.
Klopp, the Reds boss, didn’t make any ‘panic buy’ in winter despite Coutinho’s departure and preferred to wait until summer to snap up his targeted options. Liverpool will be welcoming Naby Keita prior to the upcoming campaign and also tipped to lure in SSC Napoli midfielder Jorginho to replace departing Emre Can. They, meanwhile, are also after Olympique Lyonnais starlet Houssem Aouar, the 19-year-old France youth international, who is a prime transfer target as per reports.
Aouar, who is on Barcelona’s radar too, is aware of the rumours but keeping his head down and focused on the progress with his boyhood side.
‘I have eyes too, to see a few things left and right. The guy who says he doesn’t hear stuff or listen to anything is not telling the truth. But there’s nothing you can do. All of that doesn’t bother me.’
Aouar has appeared 32 times and netted 5 goals as well as assisted 4 times so far this season. He is versatile, has been explored in several midfield roles and impressed with his matured display at such a young age. He is a good dribbler, loves to win back possession and constitute counter-attacking moves from a deeper midfield role. He has also featured on the left-hand flank and shown his ability to beat past the defence with his swift movements and footwork.
Klopp is known for grooming talents and making them renowned names since his Borussia Dortmund days. A prodigy of Aouar’s calibre holds a bright future ahead and might flourish as a superstar of football under the sincere guidance of the charismatic German.