Jurgen Klopp is a man who specialises in ironing out kinks, smoothing out rough edges and turning gems into diamonds.
Any, in many ways, Samu Chukwueze is about as typical a modern-day Liverpool signing as you could hope to imagine. Like Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and more, the Nigeria international would arrive at Anfield with plenty of talent and even more room for improvement.
While Salah and Mane moved to the red half of Merseyside with fine goal-scoring returns at Roma and Southampton to back up their eye-catching transfer fees, the same could not be said about Chukwueze.
The Villarreal winger has been likened to Arjen Robben – as you might expect given his penchant for cutting inside from the right onto his potent left boot – but he certainly doesn’t share the Dutchman’s finishing skills just yet.
In fact, Chukwueze has scored just once in 13 matches this season for club and country. Since the start of 2019/20, that tally stands at five in 54.
And Mutiu Adepoju, a former Nigeria international and Real Madrid midfielder, is not the first to question Chukwueze’s lack of end product.
“When he was brought on in the second half, he really caused havoc against Real Madrid,” Adepoju told Goal after Chukwueze won a penalty as Villarreal came from behind to claim a draw against the La Liga champions on Saturday.
“He was the brain behind the goal Villarreal scored and overall, he had a very great game.
“However, when he gets near the goal, he rushes and fires off target because he is not calming down. He needs to work on his finishing skills during training because I feel with his dribbling abilities, he should be scoring more goals.”
Speaking to AOI in February, Chukwueze made it clear that he was ‘not bothered’ about his tendency to squander goal-scoring opportunities.
But if he wants to convince Liverpool, Wolves, Leicester City or Everton to trigger the £80 million release clause in his contract (90Min), the Villarreal man could do worse than follow Adepoju’s advice.