Liverpool have been linked with a move for one of Southampton’s best strikers this summer.
Jay Rodriguez is an extremely talented 23-year-old forward who is starting to embody the way that Mauricio Pochettino likes his team to play their football.
He’s not had a prolific season with just five goals and four assists in 28 matches but his performances have been improving in recent games and there are several reasons why Liverpool should go after him.
The first is the way he’s been used at Southampton, as the side is now becoming more and more of a passing team. He is very good in terms of linking up with the midfield which is very significant should he join Liverpool.
Liverpool have two very prominent players in Philippe Coutinho when it comes to moving the ball from the midfield and setting up chances for the forwards. Rodriguez is good enough to link up with them regularly.
This naturally places pressure on his finishing skills but he’s as good as anyone else in the Southampton team, he’s just not been consistent with that part of his game so far this season.
It’s also important to consider the financial angle of this potential move because it should be much cheaper for Liverpool, than with some of the other targets they have been linked with going after.
If recent reports are to be believed then Liverpool will only have around £20 million to spend this summer, which places pressure on Brendan Rodgers to go out and find affordable solutions to the club’s problems at the moment.
He is on a long contract but the calibre and current profile of Southampton means Liverpool could get him for around the £10 million mark, which won’t eat too much into their budget if they can do good business elsewhere in terms of buying and selling players.
For Rodriguez it should be a no brainer if formal interest materialises because Liverpool can offer him a number of things, which he’s not currently getting in a Southampton shirt.
The most obvious appeal is the European football that he can experience at Anfield, which will come in the form of either the Europa League or the Champions League next season.
He will also get the chance to experience what playing for one of the traditionally massive English clubs is like. That will create immense pressure but that could have a positive effect on his development at the club.
It won’t be easy for Liverpool to get him but he seems to embody everything which Rodgers is currently trying to achieve at the club; pace, talent, youth and good value.
Any chance of this deal going through?
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