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At a time when Manchester United can call on Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard, where Manchester City can bring Kevin de Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling off the bench, you can understand why Liverpool supporters are glancing at their own squad and feeling a little ‘meh’. 

Man-for-man, Jurgen Klopp has a starting XI capable of rivalling anyone in the Premier League.

But, if Liverpool find themselves a goal down with ten minutes to go against AC Milan in their Champions League opener, it is hard to imagine Divock Origi, Takumi Minamino or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain coming off the bench and changing the game like Arnaut Danjuma did on Tuesday. 

Every Premier League Team’s Best Player Now Vs. 7 Years Ago

Every Premier League Team’s Best Player Now Vs. 7 Years Ago

The Villarreal winger had only been on the pitch for a matter of minutes before breezing in behind the Atalanta defence and firing a beautiful volley into the back of the net.

He did the same against La Liga champions Atletico Madrid just a fortnight ago, too. 

So while Danjuma did not join Villarreal to sit on the sidelines, the £21 million former Bournemouth star is already carving out a reputation for himself as a game-changing super-sub – someone capable of making an immediate impact and turning the game in his side’s favour. 

How Liverpool could do with one of those.

Should Liverpool have signed Arnaut Danjuma?

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According to Spanish publication Marca, Liverpool themselves expressed an interest in Danjuma just days before he put pen to paper with Unai Emery’s Europa League holders.

Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Southampton and West Ham were also linked with a winger who produced eight goals and 17 assists during his final season on the South Coast.  

But after a summer of stasis – a summer in which Liverpool failed to strengthen an already thin-looking frontline much to the frustration of many supporters and even the odd club legend – Danjuma’s immediate impact at Villarreal feels like a reminder of what they could have had, and what they are missing. 

Who knows, maybe Divock Origi can replicate those 2019 heroics? Somehow, that feels unlikely. 

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