Josh Williams has dubbed Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz as a possible long-term alternative for Roberto Firmino, whereas talking on the Analysing Anfield podcast (March 19th, 28:50).
What did he say?
It has been reported by SportBild, through Sport Witness, that Bayern Munich imagine that Liverpool gained’t transfer for the German midfielder, as Leverkusen are searching for a payment of over €100m (£90.3m), whereas The Daily Mail have acknowledged that it might require £100m to signal him.
Williams was sceptical of paying this payment, as anyone purchased for that amount of cash must be “transformative”, and his numbers don’t mirror that.
Nevertheless, he did supply an indication into an important position that the 20-year-old might fulfil, saying (28:50): “He’s fairly distinctive, and I feel with a participant like this it’s important to look a bit of bit past the numbers. I feel if Liverpool have an interest on this participant, he could be as a long-term inheritor to Firmino.
“Firmino’s clearly a really odd kind of participant, when it comes to he’s a centre-forward however he’s a centre midfielder as nicely. He’s received sensible contact, first contact is excellent, full 360 [degrees] consciousness of what’s occurring round him. He’s very unselfish and he hyperlinks the play very, very easily. He’s snug dropping again into midfield regardless of being a striker.
“Kai Havertz ticks just about all of these bins. Kai Havertz’s spatial consciousness of what’s occurring round him, the swivelling of his head, could be very, excellent. He’s 6 foot 2 and at present enjoying in central mid I feel, or he’s definitely performed a whole lot of minutes in central mid.”
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To this point this season, Havertz has recorded 10 goals and 7 assists from 34 video games throughout all competitions for Leverkusen – it could be regarding that none of those got here in his 5 Champions League video games.
Nevertheless, he does common 2.Three key passes and a pair of.Three dribbles per Bundesliga recreation, whereas finishing 87.1% of his accomplished passes.
Firmino hasn’t essentially been probably the most prolific in entrance of purpose both, however does have 11 goals and 12 assists from 43 video games throughout all competitions.
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It must be famous that he additionally makes the identical variety of dribbles to Firmino’s Premier League average, in addition to making 0.5 key passes.
This pricetag is pretty extortionate, but when Havertz can replicate Firmino’s affect in the long term then it’s going to seemingly really feel value it.
In the meantime, four players have been named who could leave Liverpool.
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