Jürgen Klopp Eyeing Up French Forward Alexandre Lacazette
Posted by Matt Walters | Published on March 3, 2017
Liverpool are reportedly tracking Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette. The 25-year-old has been ripping up Ligue 1 this season and should Liverpool qualify for the Champions League this season, the club are reportedly eyeing up a possible switch for the French forward.
Lacazette has been on the radar of many clubs for a number of years. He had his breakthrough season in 2013/14, in which he bagged 22 goals in 54 appearances. The following season he won Ligue 1 Player of the Season as he finished as the league’s top scorer with 27 goals.
As recently as this February, Lacazette suggested he could depart Lyon this Summer although the club president said that his comments were taken out of context. He has been in stunning form this season; scoring 22 league goals in as many appearances.
The 25-year-old is a striker, despite making appearances as a winger for France and Lyon. A natural goalscorer, he would be an asset to Klopp’s side, who – despite their stunning offensive record – lack one real prolific goalscorer. Firmino, Mane, Coutinho, Origi and Coutinho have all chipped in but only winger Sadio Mane has reached double figures for the season with 11. Firmino is a particularly frustrating case; he is capable of scoring stunning goals – as he showed against Swansea – but in their 1-1 draw with Chelsea he missed two big chances in both halves, hitting one straight at Thibaut Courtois and sent the other closer to the corner flag than the goal.
Lacazette’s style of play combines Sturridge’s natural goalscoring instinct and Firmino’s work ethic. With this in mind, Lacazette would be a welcome presence should the deal go through with his athleticism, speed, and his poacher’s instinct makes him difficult to defend against. Firmino would have some senior competition besides the out-of-favour Daniel Sturridge, the inconsistent Divock Origi, and the injury-prone Danny Ings.