If Liverpool complete a move to sign Antony this summer, he could play a role for the Reds similar to that of Luis Diaz.
One of Jurgen Klopp’s most impressive abilities as manager of Liverpool Football Club is his flexibility in-game.
The German was criticised far and wide when he first came to the club. He was said to be stubborn when it came to necessary changes when not in a winning position.
It was quite frustrating to watch Liverpool knowing the boss wouldn’t make changes until after the 75th minute in some cases.
Yet, looking back it was down to a lack of suitable options – the German would often throw on centre-backs to try win games when he ran out of solutions.
I fondly remember Steven Caulker being used as a battering ram in lieu of a striker late in games.
This resulted in one of the all-time Premier League classics at Carrow Road when the Reds played out a dramatic 4-5 win over Norwich City.
Benteke broke Klopp’s glasses as a reward.
However, in the last few years, Klopp has been spoilt for choice with the forwards at his choice.
He’s had Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota, Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi not to mention Philippe Coutinho.
Darwin Nunez has just joined Liverpool for a club-record fee, leaving Benfica for the Premier League.
However, Luis Diaz provides the blueprint for Antony to follow should he join the Reds this summer or next.
According to Brazilian journalist Jorge Nicola, Liverpool have been in negotiations with Ajax winger Antony and his agents.
The forward could cost the Reds anywhere between €65M and €80M.
While Diaz and Antony are different players, Antony could follow Diaz in becoming the next explosive and tricky winger to join Klopp’s ranks.
Both players are among the best in Europe when it comes to eliminating defenders 1v1 and aren’t yet specialist goalscorers.
I expect Diaz to explode into life this season and in the absence of Sadio Mane, he is the undisputed best left wing at the club.
Signing Antony on the opposite flank where he would have to compete with Mohamed Salah might sound like a bad idea but it just gives Klopp even more options in attack.
Liverpool’s ridiculous strength in depth in the second half of last season propelled them into a quadruple challenge.
With Klopp now returning to a shape that showcases a natural no.9 in Darwin Nunez, players like Antony and Diaz are hugely important to create space in wide areas in order to deliver the kind of ball that Nunez feasts on.