Liverpool are set to make a £19.5 million bid for Italian striker Andrea Belotti according to reports from CalcioMercatoWeb. The 22-year-old striker currently plays for Torino but has already scored five goals in five Serie A games this season.
Football Italia and The Sun confirm that Belotti is also a target for Arsenal but the Reds might be outbidding the Gunners if they do go ahead with their £19.5 million offer. The Premier League club have been impressed with the Italian striker and the player also seems to be in demand after having made his appearance for the national side.
The 22-year-old ended up scoring for Italy in the game against Macedonia which the side won 3-2. The contract at the club for Belotti runs up to 2020, and it seems that Jurgen Klopp has recognised the talent of the player and wants to wrap up the deal fast.
Options galore for Liverpool
Surprisingly Belotti started his career as a winger and midfielder but he was pushed up the field later in his career. The Italian does not like to lead the line but prefers playing just behind the main striker. Many have called him a centre-forward but the youngster can play across the line and that could be a reason why Klopp and many other clubs want to sign him.
Belotti is great at finishing and that is his best ability. He is calm and composed in front of goal though 17 goals in 40 appearances for Torino isn’t the best record for any striker. One of his other facets that could have been the reason why Jurgen Klopp wants to sign him up is due to the fact that Belotti doesn’t mind doing a lot of defending.
Just like the team that Liverpool have put out at the moment, the Italian defends from the front. This is something that would work in favour of the Liverpool side and Klopp knows it.
What about the future of the other strikers?
While signing Belotti would certainly give Liverpool another hard worker in front of the pitch, it would also question the future of Daniel Sturridge. The former Chelsea and Manchester City striker is not a Klopp kind of forward and something like this could mean the end of the Englishman.
Liverpool have two good and young strikers on their side already. Divock Origi is the first option to come off the bench while Danny Ings could be a great striker for the future as well. Coming back to Belotti, it does seem a little weird that Klopp is being linked with the player.
Jurgen Klopp has setup some kind of wall and no news regarding new players comes out of Liverpool these days. This could be just some tabloid babble going on and it looks highly unlikely that Belotti will come in the winter window.
Liverpool equal two more records after their impressive 2-0 win over Fulham
Liverpool don’t seem to be the same team from last season, despite boasting an unbeaten record in the Premier League.
The Reds beat Fulham 2-0 to make it 30 points from 12 games, and are just two behind Manchester City who lead the table.
Our attack hasn’t blitzed the opposition like last season, but the numbers suggest this has been an amazing start to the Premier League campaign.
Ian Doyle wrote for the Liverpool Echo about the latest game and claimed that we have matched our best points tally after 12 games.
Doyle further claimed that our goal difference of +18 was the best in terms of Premier League seasons.
Our attack might not be firing on all cylinders but our defence has been exceptional so far. Alisson kept yet another clean sheet on Sunday, and we also equalled the record for clean sheets from 1977-78 and 1978-79.
In fact, our defence has been the reason why we have done so well this season. We barely seem to concede and Virgil van Dijk has been an exceptional purchase, alongside Alisson.
The pair combined well to start an attack against the Cottagers on Sunday. Van Dijk signalled Alisson to take a free-kick early, and that resulted in Mohamed Salah opening the scoring for the Reds.
The Reds haven’t been that great in the Champions League, and we need to ensure our qualification into the next round.
Liverpool play Watford after the international break and take on Paris Saint-Germain away a few days later.
“I can’t believe it”, “Shocked” – Some Liverpool fans unsure about Mohamed Salah’s choice of T-shirt
The former Roma star is also one of the most recognisable faces in the world, and there have been murals, statues and paintings celebrating the success of the Liverpool attacker.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the player wants a bit of privacy and Salah tweeted an image of him travelling “incognito”.
Travelling incognito.😀 pic.twitter.com/1Ys7bx6AUg
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) November 12, 2018
The player wearing a Balaclava would not have been much of a problem, but many fans didn’t like his choice of shirt.
The Egyptian wore a “Project-Playboy” shirt and while we cannot say what his intentions were by sporting the shirt, some of the fans questioned his taste, while others some supported him.
Salah charging pic.twitter.com/qpRFwau1Tm
— Engr.Faris 🇸🇦 (@Mustache_O) November 12, 2018
— Stuart Maxwell (@cobblerstu) November 12, 2018
— شحات عمران (@gnsPHNmRt71XgdA) November 12, 2018
Be careful mo
— Nathan Astin (@nathastin) November 12, 2018
Try going Rambo next time😂cheers for the pic 🙏 pic.twitter.com/FUFoTVGVcX
— Nav nagra (@Navnagra4) November 12, 2018
Is that Playboy t shirt or another rabbit symbol
— Mohamed Salah Bastawy (@bastawy_salah) November 12, 2018
Playboy ya Salah pic.twitter.com/uAxT1ZYUth
— Abdelrahman mohamed (@Abdelra32371181) November 12, 2018
Mo Salah wearing playboy tees huhhh💉💉💉💉
— _ (@MB_86_) November 12, 2018
Not mo salah mo play boy
I can’t believe it
— husseinbawaked (@husseinbawaked) November 12, 2018
— Lemo (@sugarllemo) November 12, 2018
“I want to help the team” – Liverpool star wants to continue helping team after impressive performance against Fulham
Xherdan Shaqiri isn’t concerned about how many goals he scores and wants to help Liverpool do well. The Swiss star started in our 2-0 win over Fulham and scored a wonderful volley after Mohamed Salah opened the scoring.
The 26-year-old was pleased with his finish and told Liverpool’s website:
“The [kind of] impact is not so important for me. I want to help the team.
“When it’s with a goal or assist, it’s always good for the team. I came in the summer to help this team go forward and make the process better.
“I’m very happy with my performances, I just have to keep going like this and train hard every day. I hope we keep going until the end like this.”
Although the former Stoke City star hasn’t started many games for Liverpool, the stats are pretty decent for the 26-year-old.
The attacker already has two goals and three assists from four starts, and his performances should put forward his case of starting more games.
The Swiss attacker was the cheapest transfer we made in the summer, but he looks a quality purchase now.
Jurgen Klopp changed his formation to fit Shaqiri into the starting XI against Fulham. However, the Swiss star was the X Factor in our win over the Cottagers, and hopefully, he keeps getting the starts after the international break too.
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