If Jürgen Klopp praises a player, you should sit up and take notice. The Liverpool boss has a superb ability to identify talent.
In Lorenzo Insigne, the German might’ve identified another fantastic player to add to his Liverpool squad.
What’s the story?
Atlético Madrid also want the 30-year-old.
Insigne is said to have a disagreement with Aurelio De Laurentiis in talks over a new contract.
The diminutive forward wants €5m-a-year (£4.3m) to stay in Naples, whereas De Laurentiis is only offering €3.5m-a-year (£3m).
That uncertainty has led to Liverpool taking an interest in Insigne’s situation, a man who Klopp has openly praised before.
What has Jürgen Klopp said?
Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Napoli in 2018, the Liverpool boss spoke very highly of Insigne.
Football Italia quote him as saying: “Insigne is an outstanding player. I’ve had to analyse him a few times. He’s still fantastic.”
Liverpool fans would probably be quite relieved if Klopp signed Insigne, as he’s got quite a good record against the Reds.
As Transfermarkt shows, the Italian has won two of the three games he’s played against Liverpool, scoring the winner in one of those outings.
Furthermore, the fact he scored 19 goals last season should make Liverpool fans want him even more.
The Napoli No.24 also provided 11 assists, proving that he’s a creator as well as a goalscorer.
He may be entering his thirties, but if Liverpool can sign Insigne on the cheap due to his contract situation, it would be a no brainer.