Liverpool fans will be outraged as Newcastle swoop for £50m midfielder Klopp loves – Telegraph

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Liverpool could lose out one sensational midfielder who has allegedly captured Jurgen Klopp’s heart.

Nicolo Barella is said to be highly-rated by the German tactician, though could now be headed to a rival outfit in Newcastle United if one report from the English press is to be believed.

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As much as we may roll our eyes at the sight of a fresh transfer claim, however, it’s always worth paying attention when The Telegraph are on the case, claiming that the Italian national could be one of two midfielders heading to St. James’ Park this summer.

For a reported £50m, it’s a story Liverpool absolutely shouldn’t be ignoring – certainly so judging by the outcry from Reds fans on Twitter.

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What does Nicolo Barella offer?

A superb progressor of the ball (registering in the 89th percentile for progressive carries) and a player who can contribute in the final phase of play (88th percentile for shot-creating actions), according to FB Ref, we’d be shocked if Jorg Schmadtke and Co. weren’t interested at £50m.

Nicolo Barella (right) ahead of a Nations League encounter – (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Both Manu Kone and Khephren Thuram are listed for less than that figure, so perhaps it’s merely a financial issue motivating a lack of action from our side.

Whilst a no doubt physical player, being a box-to-box star for Inter Milan, however, it could be argued that the aforementioned French duo are, perhaps, better-suited to our needs this summer as more physically imposing units (Thuram, specifically, fits that bill at 6’4″, compared to Barella’s diminutive 5’9″).

He’s just not a good fit for Liverpool…

At 5’8″, Liverpool already have their diminutive midfielder capable of progressing play, holding onto possession and picking out the right pass.

With Fabinho and (most certainly) Jordan Henderson fading forces in the game – there’s a clear need for a couple of dominating presences in the game.

In that sense, Barella – insane as it may seem to suggest given that he’s been one of the standout midfielders in Italian and European football in recent years – could be rather counter-productive as a signing for a club in desperate need of an injection of physicality this summer.

God help us for suggesting it, but it’s a transfer option Liverpool would actually be correct in ignoring – even if it means he goes to a direct rival for top four football in Newcastle United (admired by Klopp or no).

Sorry, Liverpool fans. Nicolo Barella just isn’t the right fit at this time. That is, unless we have spare cash lying around for a fourth central midfielder we’re not aware of.

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  1. One of the best midfielders in Europe. We should be going all out to get him. Maybe we are now going to see the emergence of Newcastle’s spending power. Perhaps we could get nowhere near the wages they are offering. I dont know if we have tried to get him but he is the kind of player we will need within 12 months if Thiago is allowed to leave.

  2. If his performance in the Champions League final was typical of his ability then this is one Liverpool fan who is the polar opposite of furious. I often wonder, when people make huge claims about any player, just how many times have they seen that player in action. “Best in Europe”. According to who? His agent, desperate to get commission? His current club, eager to get the price up? Or a professional scout, paid to give an honest assessment of any players ability?

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