Liverpool plotting €90million move to sign 22-year-old – very quick and agile

Liverpool are reportedly plotting a move to sign Real Sociedad star Alexander Isak in what would be a major departure from Jurgen Klopp’s preferred type of attacker.

Looking at the stats, you wouldn’t consider attack to be a major weakness for the Reds but it wouldn’t surprise me if there were plans being put in place for the future.

I’m just unsure if Isak is a player that fits the Liverpool mould at 1.92m (6ft2) even if he is very agile and quick.

Alexander Isak

Luis Diaz was a long-term target for the Reds and so when the chance to sign him presented itself, Liverpool pounced with no hesitation because they had years of scouting and information.

Liverpool ready to smash club-record to sign Alexander Isak for £77million

In mid-March, Mundo Deportivo reported that Liverpool had submitted an offer worth €70million (£59m) via intermediaries.

Now another Spanish outlet, albeit a less trustworthy one in Fichajes, reports that Liverpool are willing to spend €90million (£77m) to sign him ahead of Manchester United and Arsenal.

It’s an incredible amount of money to pay and would shatter the standing club record paid to bring Virgil van Dijk to Anfield in 2018 when Southampton were paid £75million for his sale.

Virgil van Dijk

I have reservations over whether or not there is substance behind this story or even whether or not he would suit the Reds based purely on the fact that Jurgen Klopp has recently preferred to sign more mobile players to press from the front.

Would Alexander Isak suit Jurgen Klopp’s system if Liverpool signed him?

It’s well known that Liverpool rely heavily on crosses from their fullbacks to create chances for the likes of Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane etc. but the arrival of Luis Diaz has seen things change slightly.

The Reds play slightly more expansively with the Colombian on the pitch and with Thiago pulling the strings from deep, there is not as much of an over-reliance on Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson for creativity.

Isak is a very versatile player and he could reap the rewards from the balls into the box from Liverpool’s outstanding fullbacks or he could fit in with his ability to play in between the lines quite excellent.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 07: Alexander Isak of Real Sociedad controls the ball under pressure from Gerard Pique of FC Barcelona during the Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad at Camp Nou on March 07, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

It’s his pressing ability that I’d be most concerned about as Liverpool’s entire identity revolves around pressing and counter-pressing.

It’s why Diogo Jota hit the ground running at Anfield. That – and his knack for scoring goals with one touch but if he was incapable of triggering a press or pressing as part of a unit, he would not be at Liverpool.

Fortunately, with Salah, Mane, Jota, Diaz, Firmino, Origi, Elliott and Gordon all at Klopp’s disposal, there is no rush to add fresh legs in attack unless there is a departure this summer and even then, it would be quite something if FSG sanctioned a £77m move for anyone, let alone Isak.

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

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