Euro 2016 has ended and the transfer market will be in its full speed now. Several transfer deals were put on hold due to the fact that the Euros were going on, but now no such problems exist and hence, we will be able to see some big signings by bug clubs.
Liverpool have completed three signings this summer and it is expected that we will see atleast two more new faces at Anfield. It is also expected that many faces will no longer be seen at Anfield. Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, said after the friendly match against Tranmere Rover’s that he had more than enough players in his side. This clearly states that he will be selling a few players this summer.
One of those players, who will be sold by Liverpool this summer, is the highly rated Jordon Ibe. The 20 year old winger was a very exciting talent and was expected to replace the void left by Raheem Sterling last season, but things didn’t exactly go in Ibe’s way. The England U-21 player was not able to impress Jurgen Klopp and now he will have to move on.
Last week, it was reported by several Liverpool journalists that the Reds have accepted a 15 Million bid from Bournemouth. The club have let the player to discuss contract and other details with the Cherries. It looks like this deal will go through. The deal would make all the three parties happy.
Even though Ibe could not impress Klopp, there is no denying that he was one of the most important back up options for Liverpool last season. So, the Reds will have to fill the gap by bringing in a new player or promoting an academy player.
As soon as the Ibe news broke out, several other reports came out linking Liverpool with Jakub Blaszczykowski. These reports stated that Jurgen Klopp wants to reunite with Blaszczykowski at Liverpool and bring him as a replacement for Jordon Ibe.
Will Jakub Blaszczykowski be a good signing for Liverpool? Let’s see.
The Polish International currently plays for the German side, Borussia Dortmund, where Liverpool’s current manager Jurgen Klopp used to work before coming to England. The 31 year old winger was not always Klopp’s first preferred option, but there are times when the German put Blaszczykowski to good use.
Blaszczykowski would be available for Liverpool for a fee as little as 6 Million and considering he is only a back up option, it would be a great deal for Liverpool.
The Polish International is very much experienced and has played in big matches for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga and also for Fiorentina in the Serie A. Blaszczykowski also has experience in the UEFA Champions League and also the UEFA Europa League.
The 31 year old was a very important player for the Poland National Team in this year’s Euros which was held in France. The Borussia Dortmund man scored two goals and assisted one for his national team in the Euros. This indicates that he is in good form and still can score goals on big stages despite being 31 year old.
Blaszczykowski is a very hardworking powerhouse winger which makes him a ‘Klopp guy’ and also is very similar to Liverpool’s vice captain, James Milner. The fact that Liverpool already have a similar player in their team will question Liverpool’s move for Blaszczykowski. Though Milner and Blaszczykowski are very similar, there is one thing that creates a huge difference between them. Milner is more of a playmaker and likes to stay back. Blaszczykowski, on the other hand, is an attack minded player who loves to score goals. And with that being said, having both of them in the same team will be a plus point if we look in that perspective. Both loves to press’s and track back. One loves to assist and other loves to score. That makes a perfect combination.
Blaszczykowski is pacey and powerful at the same time. He is not much of a skillful player, but his pace and power can create problems for the opponent defenders. He has also got some power in his boot (both legs) and can score some screamers.
As mentioned earlier Blaszczykowski is more of an attack minded player who likes to score, but that does not mean he is not a team player. He is also a good passer of the ball and has the ability to make defense splitting passes.
Liverpool signing Blaszczykowski may not be as big as Manchester United signing Henrikh Mkhitiryan, but the 31 year old can definitely contribute to the team. And for a fee of about 5-7 Million, Blaszczykowski could prove to be a big bargain for Liverpool.