4-3-3: How Liverpool could line up with instinctive €36.88m striker that is ‘very high’ on Edwards list

Liverpool were crying out for an instinctive no.9 last season and signing Jonathan David would give them what they need after the Canadian was linked with an Anfield switch.

On Monday evening, Sports Centre reporter Matthew Sciannitti claimed that if Lille decide to sell Jonathan David, Liverpool could pounce.

He took to to say report: “English sources tell TSN Sports [that] if Lille look to sell Canadian striker Jonathan David to raise funds because of the club’s financial challenges, Liverpool has David very high on the team’s list of potential strikers.

“Liverpool has long kept tabs on the Canadian’s development.”

LILLE, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 25: Jonathan David of Lille OSC compete for the ball during the Ligue 1 match between Lille OSC and FC Nantes at Stade Pierre Mauroy on September 25, 2020 in Lille, France. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)
LILLE, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 25: Jonathan David of Lille OSC compete for the ball during the Ligue 1 match between Lille OSC and FC Nantes at Stade Pierre Mauroy on September 25, 2020 in Lille, France. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

This is particularly interesting because it’s not the first time that he has been linked with a move to Liverpool as he was actually mooted as an option to join the Reds before Diogo Jota was recruited.

James Pearce wrote in September, 2020: “Jonathan David joined Watford’s Ismaila Sarr on Liverpool’s shortlist for an attacker.

“Liverpool extensively scouted him but decided to focus their attention on Sarr and Jota instead. David moved from Gent to Lille for €30 million last month.”

While it seems unlikely that the Merseysiders could go in for a player that has spent just one year with Lille, they are in a bit of financial trouble and could look to sell David to bail themselves out.

LILLE, FRANCE - JANUARY 31: Yusuf Yazici #12 of Lille OSC celebrates his goal with Jonathan Bamba #7, Domagoj Bradaric #29 and Jonathan Christian David #9 of Lille OSC during the Ligue 1 match between Lille OSC and Dijon FCO at Stade Pierre Mauroy on January 31, 2021 in Lille, France. (Photo by Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images)
LILLE, FRANCE – JANUARY 31: Yusuf Yazici #12 of Lille OSC celebrates his goal with Jonathan Bamba #7, Domagoj Bradaric #29 and Jonathan Christian David #9 of Lille OSC during the Ligue 1 match between Lille OSC and Dijon FCO at Stade Pierre Mauroy on January 31, 2021 in Lille, France. (Photo by Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images)

Despite winning Ligue 1, Lille could do with a financial injection.

Much like most clubs around Europe, COVID has devastated their finances as a year without fans has seen them lose a huge stream of income.

If Liverpool sign David, it could see a major tweak to their system and could see Jurgen Klopp move to a more traditional 4-3-3 with the Canadian as the focal point of his side’s attack.

He’s young but he’s an instinctive finisher and valued at €36.88m by Transfermarkt, it’s already clear how good he is.

Lille's Canadian forward Jonathan David (C) fights for the ball with AC Milan's Italian midfielder Sandro Tonali (L) and AC Milan's Danish defender Simon Kjaer (R) during the UEFA Europa League Group H football match between Lille LOSC and AC Milan at the Pierre Mauroy stadium, in Villeneuve-d'Ascq, in the outskirts of Lille, northern France on November 26, 2020. (Photo by DENIS CHARLET / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DENIS CHARLET/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Lille’s Canadian forward Jonathan David (C) fights for the ball with AC Milan’s Italian midfielder Sandro Tonali (L) and AC Milan’s Danish defender Simon Kjaer (R) during the UEFA Europa League Group H football match between Lille LOSC and AC Milan at the Pierre Mauroy stadium, in Villeneuve-d’Ascq, in the outskirts of Lille, northern France on November 26, 2020. (Photo by DENIS CHARLET/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The major positive with signing someone like David is that it gives Liverpool the option of playing a more traditional system if they choose to.

With Roberto Firmino, they’re pigeon-holed into a less direct system but if Klopp chooses to, he can use David to go long and attack down the heart of teams that play a high line.

It remains to be seen if Liverpool will act on their interest in David but if they sign him, Klopp will be getting a very young player with bags of potential.

Potential XI: Alisson, Robbo, Virgil, Konate, Trent, Thiago, Fabinho, Hendo, Mane, David, Salah.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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