Is Marko Pjaca a better alternative to Ante Coric for Liverpool?

Croatia's Marko Pjaca in action with Spain's Nolito

Liverpool have been linked with two of Croatia's brightest prospects in Marko Pjaca and Ante Ćorić

(From L-R) Croatia's Marko Pjaca, Ante Coric, Filip Bradaric and Domagoj Pavicic before the match(From L-R) Croatia's Marko Pjaca, Ante Coric, Filip Bradaric and Domagoj Pavicic

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport and quoted by the Mirror, Liverpool are interested in Croatia and Dinamo Zagreb youngster Marko Pjaca.

Pjaca, who has also been linked with Benfica and AC Milan as per, is the second Dinamo Zagreb player to be linked with a switch to Anfield, with Ante Ćorić also thought to be on Jurgen Klopp's radar.

But the young Croatian wonderkind has also attracted interest from Manchester City, who, according to the Daily Mail, look set to hijack any potential deal with the 19 year old attacking midfielder.

And with City now leading the race for Ćorić, it appears that the Reds may have turned their attention to his compatriot Pjaca in return.

Croatia's Marko Pjaca in action with Spain's NolitoCroatia's Marko Pjaca in action with Spain's Nolito

Liverpool have already seen a bid thought to be below Zagreb's asking price rejected for the 21 year old, but they are now willing, according to the Mirror, to stump up £12 million for the Croatian international.

So is Pjaca a better alternative for Liverpool? Both Ćorić and Pjaca are in Ante Čačić's much fancied Croatia squad for Euro 2016, with Pjaca making two appearances for his country in the group stage against Turkey and Spain, starting the latter of those two fixtures.

Ćorić certainly is a coveted talent. Despite his tender age of 19, the Dinamo Zagreb playmaker has appeared at every youth level from under 15 to under 21 level and has now also made two appearances for the national side, making his debut last month against Moldova in a Euros warm up fixture.

Your archetypal playmaker, the diminutive Ćorić represents something close to Phillipe Countinho in playing style, preferring to dictate play from behind a main striker.

Croatia's Ante Coric shoots at goalTalented: Croatia's Ante Ćorić

There is no doubting his ability and potential. Rumoured to be on the radars of many of Europe's top clubs for the last few seasons, it is no surprise that Pep Guardiola has put Manchester City in a commanding position to bring the youngster to the Etihad this summer.

He is held in the highest regard in Croatia, as these comments quoted by back in 2014 of Croatia's Under 18 boss Zoran Vulić illustrate.

“Ćorić is a class player. He is a year younger, but extremely potent, technically perfect."

Croatia's Marko Pjaca in action with Spain's David SilvaCroatia's Marko Pjaca in action with Spain's David Silva

Pjaca and Ćorić are both products of Croatia's unfailing ability to produce technically outstanding players - a list headed off by Luka Modrić and Ivan Rakitić, and continued through the likes of Mateo Kovačić of Real Madrid and Allen Halilović of Barcelona, who, unlike Liverpool's targets, missed out on a trip to France this summer.

Pjaca, like his predecessors, shares many common traits with his younger compatriot Ćorić. He has also appeared at every youth level for Croatia and he again possesses the Croatian trait of exquisite technique.

Pjaca, however, is a different player to Ćorić. Two years his senior, he has already established himself at the heart the Croatian national set-up, with ten caps to his name after making his debut back in 2014.

But his playing style also offers Liverpool something different. Technically adept, he is capable of a playmaking role, but that is not his main strength.

What sets him apart is his Perišić dynamic, that being his direct running. His relishing of one-on-ones, coupled with his electric pace and acceleration, pose a different kind of dilemma for opposition defenders.

Liverpool manager Juergen KloppKlopp is chasing both Coric and Pjaca, according to reports

For Jürgen Klopp, Pjaca would perhaps better suit his desired gegenpressing, providing technique and flair, combined with high speed and and the ability to create overloads by creating and winning one-on-one situations with opposition defenders.

In terms of technique, you would do well to find anyone better than Ćorić, but for a direct, lightening attack based approach, Pjaca certainly will have more to offer.

Liverpool will be getting a star regardless in both Ćorić and Pjaca, but the real question for the Reds is whether they will be able to do enough to lure them to Anfield ahead of other competing interests.

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