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Why This Croatian International Is A Better Option For Liverpool To Sign Than Newcastle’s Wijnaldum

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Jurgen Klopp has his eyes set on strengthening his side as he is looking to explore more and more options to bolster his midfield and attack. The German boss was heavily linked with the likes of Mario Gotze and Piotr Zielinski but nothing concrete has happened until now. However, recently the manager has expressed his interest to sign the Dutch midfielder from Newcastle – Georginio Wijnaldum. The 25 year old midfielder looks almost certain to join Liverpool as Klopp looks to add more dynamics to the midfield.

Along with him, Liverpool are also showing keen interest in the Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, who plays for Inter Milan. Brozovic had a very good Euro 16 and was by far one of the better players for his side. He is known to play as a box to box midfielder and his ability to play as a versatile midfielder is something that might interest Klopp. With Joe Allen’s future in doubts, Brozovic can be a good option as a replacement for the Welshman.

The Comparison – Wijnaldum vs Brozovic

Marcelo Brozovic

If we look at the statistics of the players, their pass completion rate and passing accuracy is almost at par with each other. Both players have also had equal number of assists in the last season and are a good asset in terms of fitness. The difference, though comes in the number of goals scored. Wijnaldum turns out to be better in terms of finishing as compared to Brozovic as the Dutch midfielder had hit the back of the net 11 times as compared to Brozovic’s 5 in the last season. However, in terms of the ability to play at different positions, Brozovic has the upper hand. The Croatian is known to play in the central area and also sometimes falls deep if needed. Wijnaldum is more of an attacking midfielder. Also, Brozovic is 23 and has enough time to develop under Jurgen Klopp. If we look at them as midfield assets and not with an expectation of scoring goals, Brozovic seems to be a better option than Wijnaldum.

The midfield place is up for grabs with Gotze and Zielinski deals going haywire and the future of Allen still uncertain. Klopp is also keen to explore the possibilities of having Mohammad Dahoud in the Liverpool squad, but only time will tell how the eventual squad will look like. Until then, Wijnaldum and Brozovic seem to be the most likely players to join the Red army.