COMMENT By Will Butcher
Liverpool should target Lazio speed merchant Felipe Anderson after being rejected in their attempts to sign Christian Pulisic.
Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc told Liverpool that the Reds are wasting their time in their pursuit of 18-year-old USA international Pulisic.
Manager Jurgen Klopp must turn his attention in January to signing Brazilian Anderson, who has singlehandedly provided Lazio’s cutting edge in the Serie A in recent years.
Still only 23, Anderson is of the age that Klopp looks to target when entering the transfer market and has proved that he has what it takes on the world’s best.
Possessing an abnormal amount of speed, Anderson is known for his unpredictability on the right flank. His ability to use both feet leaves defenders bamboozled as the Brazil international can cross or cut inside.
This season, Anderson has scored twice and provided a superb eight assists in his 15 league and cup appearances.
With Sadio Mane set to leave Anfield in January to represent Senegal at the African Cup of Nations, Klopp is left thin in the attacking department.
The former Dortmund manager is currently without attacking trio Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings through injury and would be well advised to enter the market for Anderson.
Anderson would form a formidable partnership with natives Coutinho and Roberto Firmino in attack, as he continues to shine in Lazio’s front three.
At the start of the year, Anderson was rumoured to be joining Manchester United in a £47million deal but the big-money move fell through and Liverpool should look to rectify that.
During his 119 league and cup appearances with the Serie A giants, Anderson has had a hand in 50 goals. The fleet-footed attacker has scored 23 of them himself, providing the other 27.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Klopp could also make a January bid for this English defender.