Liverpool: Klopp on Jota's electric form
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been urged to sign Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic as he targets more competition for his established front three. The form of Roberto Firmino in particular has come under scrutiny this season after the Reds’ Premier League title defence fell apart midway through the campaign.
The Liverpool boss is not looking to part with any of the three frontmen who fired Liverpool to Champions League and Premier League glory over the past couple of seasons.
But he is believed to want to increase his forward options, following on from last summer’s signing of Diogo Jota, who has recently returned from injury having made an instant impact with 10 goals earlier in the season.
Mohamed Salah is still the Premier League’s top scorer despite Liverpool’s woes – but Firmino and Sadio Mane have struggled to replicate their form from previous campaigns.
And former Reds goalkeeper Brad Friedel has told Klopp that Pulisic would be an ideal signing as he would perfectly suit Liverpool’s pressing game.
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“I think Liverpool’s system is a good one for Christian, without a doubt,” the former United States international told CardsChat.
“He’s very quick, his first steps are quick and even when he gets going, he’s very quick.
“The pressing style that Jurgen Klopp likes to play under, then the quick counter-attack and the runs through the lines, I think he would be able to perform very well in that system.
Pulisic has struggled for game time under new Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, but Freidel has no doubts over the USA star’s quality.
He said: “Pulisic has the potential to be the most successful American player in mainland Europe but it is still relatively early days with a new head coach at Chelsea who I hope he can do well under.”
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“At the beginning of the season, he was unplayable at times and doing really, really well. Let’s just see how it goes for the US.
“He is our best attacking player, and we’ve got a few of them. We need him to stay injury free, that’s for sure.
“I have no idea if that’s a player that they (Liverpool) are looking at, but that type of system would be ideal for someone like Christian.”
Friedel said Liverpool don’t need to sell any of their current front line options – but urged Klopp to address any issues behind the scenes.
“Liverpool don’t need to change any of them if they’re all three happy and performing. The quality that the three have are second to none,” he said, referring to Salah, Mane and Firmino.
“But at times this season they haven’t all looked happy. These are the little idiosyncrasies that we don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes.
“Normally if you take them off the pitch and things are happy you’re not acting a little bit petulant, things of that nature.
“So, something is going on. If it’s a little bit of a bigger issue than a smaller issue, then that might have to be addressed.”
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