The news from Tuttomercato Web that Liverpool will submit an offer for Paulo Dybala broke on Wednesday and with his contract expiring in the summer, he could genuinely sign for the Reds.
The Italian news outlet claims that an offer from the Reds to Dybala ‘could arrive in the coming weeks’ after he rejected a new contract from Juventus.
Dybala signing would transform Liverpool system
By now it’s no secret that Liverpool’s buildup play depends heavily on Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold delivering high-quality crosses into the box as early as possible.
This worked devastatingly well against Crystal Palace last time out as Jurgen Klopp coached from the sideline as his team ran out 3-1 winners.
Robertson grabbed two assists while it was Trent’s raking 70-yard pass that put Diogo Jota in position to win a penalty which Fabinho stepped up and coolly slotted home to put the game beyond reasonable doubt.
However, Patrick Vieira and his Eagles made it incredibly tough for Liverpool, not letting the Reds advance high enough up the pitch to deny Robertson and Alexander-Arnold the space to work their creativity to devastating effect.
In the middle of the park, Conor Gallagher, Jeffrey Schlupp and Will Hughes pressed high and choked the Liverpool midfield to the point that the away side had to resort to long balls to escape their defensive third.
Without a no.10 or anyone with the confidence and technique to drop into the hole, Klopp watched on with little power as Palace edged closer and closer to an equaliser before the late spot-kick gave Liverpool the lifeline they needed to see the game out and ensure their 2-1 lead wasn’t snuffed out and instead became a 3-1 lead.
With Dybala, Liverpool’s ability to attack while holding onto the ball in tight spaces would increase dramatically. The regista, as no.10s are referred to in Italy, is certainly not going to be many supporters’ first pick in the transfer window – he’s not mine either – but for free, he’s a very good option.
He would command heftier wages than perhaps FSG would prefer but that’s the price you pay for shopping the Bosman market instead of paying the premiums required to sign 25-year-olds in their prime.