Former Liverpool star Jose Enrique wants Jurgen Klopp to enter the race to sign Willian in the summer as the perfect back-up option to the regular front three. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have proven to be key to Liverpool’s success in recent years, creating a formidable attacking line.
The trio have stayed relatively injury-free over the past few years though, leaving little opportunity for the likes of Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri to break into the first team.
Still, on the rare occasions where Klopp has been unable to call upon all three forward options, Origi has been the usual choice to step into the starting line-up.
The Belgium international has become a fan-favourite at Anfield due to the important goals he has scored over the year.
Arguably the most impressive though was his brace against Barcelona in the unbelievable comeback victory in the Champions League semi-final second leg.
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But Origi has struggled to make a regular impact when brought into the side, scoring just three goals in 22 Premier League appearances this season.
Klopp is keen to bolster his options in the attacking positions this summer, with Timo Werner touted as the top target.
But clubs all over Europe have had to reconsider their approach to the summer transfer window with finances being affected due to the season being suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.
That may lead Klopp into looking more closely at loan deals or the free agent market and Enrique, who was a part of Liverpool’s League Cup winning side in 2012, believes Willian would be the perfect option for the German coach.
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“For me it will be a great signing for a backup for our front 3,” he wrote on Instagram.
“I play against him and for me he is a top player.
“I know is 31 now but he still have quite few good years on him I’m sure and is a free agent #Liverpoolfc #willian.”
Liverpool held an interest in Willian seven years ago, before he made the move to Chelsea.
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A move for Willian though would go against the transfer model which has been so apparent at Anfield in recent years.
The Brazilian playmaker turns 32 in August, but adding an experienced Premier League player – who has won two titles with Chelsea – could be a shrewd piece of business.
But Liverpool face competition from Arsenal, who are said to be leading the race for his signature as Willian would prefer to stay in London.
It has been reported Willian’s close friendship with David Luiz, who he played alongside at Chelsea, could help the Gunners in their pursuit of the winger.
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