Liverpool were reportedly interested in signing Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram this summer. However, the Reds ultimately ended up bringing in Diogo Jota from Wolves instead.
Thuram netted 14 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions for Monchengladbach last season and, given he can play anywhere across the front three, the 23-year-old would have provided some back-up to Liverpool’s formidable attacking trio.
According to Movistar commentator Alain Valnegri, Liverpool made an approach for the forward over the summer but they decided to bring in a proven Premier League player in the form of Jota.
Speaking to El Pais, Valnegri said: “For me, Marcus is destined for a top club. He was already sounded out by Liverpool this summer.
“He has skill, he shoots, he’s a huge power, he’s a dribbler, and he moves well in tight spaces.
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“He’s always been a left-winger, but in Germany, he’s started to get behind the front, and coming up from the second line he is very dangerous.
“He has improved a lot in his finishing, although he still lacks the malice of the great forwards. And he must also make progress in the air.
“With that physical power, he could be dominant and allow him to act as an offensive terminal, Lukaku style.”
The Portuguese international found the back of the net on his Premier League debut for the Reds in their 3-1 win over Arsenal and scored again in the 2-1 victory against Sheffield United.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been delighted with Jota’s performances so far, lauding the 23-year-old after the win over the Blades.
“Yes, Diogo scored a super goal and was really involved in the game. He can be much better, 100 per cent, and that’s good news,” Klopp said.
“He is still adapting. In the moment, a lot of things we do are not natural to him but that’s only because Wolves play different – but a lot of things he did for Wolves are exactly what we want him to do.
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“Yes, that he is that close already is just a sign how good a player he is. As I said, if he stays fit, he’s 23 and the future is bright, let me say it like this.
“We will need his quality and I am really happy that he settled nicely so far. It is not too much about what he’s brought in the team.
“He is a good player, that’s why we signed him. I said it only a few minutes ago when I was speaking with my coaches that it is so easy – he is such a likeable person and so it is so easy to like him. That makes everything easier.
“Then the player he is: he is quick, he has the physicality, he is strong, he is good in the air, he is good on the ground…a lot of good things. He has exactly the quality we need, so that helps a lot.”
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