Having already secured the hopefully impressive Bosman deal for Schalke centre-back Joel Matip, Liverpool are being linked with another player whose contract runs out in the summer.
According to Spanish publication Don Balon (cited in the Echo), Liverpool are one of the frontrunners for Valencia’s Algerian winger Sofiane Feghouli.
The 26-year-old plies his trade on the right wing, and has been a regular, if not an automatic starter for Gary Neville’s Spanish outfit this season.
Feghouli is quick, creative and makes key passes, though his return of four goals and two assists all season is nothing to write home about. He’s been with Valencia since 2010 and has a modest total of 29 goals overall, although he’s an old-fashioned winger in the sense that he’s a right-footer playing on the right.
Manchester United and Juventus have also been credited with an interest.
The rumour seems to align with Liverpool’s transfer policy of recent seasons, added to the fact Jurgen Klopp recently claimed we need more out and out wingers in the squad (via the Star).
“We have enough strikers – five with Roberto (Firmino) – but not too many wingers, just a few young ones with great potential,” he said last month.
Still, Liverpool fans would hope we’d set our sights a little higher on players who will automatically improve our starting XI. Feghouli is decent, but not an elite attacker.