West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini is in scintillating form of late, but a move to Liverpool doesn’t make sense.
Argentine play-maker Manuel Lanzini has hit some of the finest form of his career in periods throughout this season, notably scoring two goals on the final day of the season in a 3-1 home win over Everton, and is now facing a trip to Russia with the national team as his reward.
The 25-year-old has also reportedly – as suggested by The Mirror – caught the attention of Premier League giants Liverpool, who are said to be looking for a like-for-like replacement for the now Barcelona superstar Philippe Coutinho.
Here’s a question though: do they need a direct replacement?
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have comfortably qualified for the Champions League next term and are facing a Champions League final later this month.
The manager has finally developed a strong balance in the squad, capable of facilitating their already electric forward line, and though the Brazilian is obviously a top player, he’s hardly been missed in that sense.
The arrival of industrious midfielder Naby Keita is also just around the corner, and he is more than capable of creating in the final third and bagging goals himself.
Liverpool already have the legs and work-rate from the likes of James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Jordan Henderson. The forward line needs minimal tweaking.
The point is, although Coutinho was a sensational addition to the Liverpool squad, there’s evidently a finer balance in the squad without him and Liverpool no longer need to seek out similar attributes in other players.