Jurgen Klopp is making serious preparation for the coming summer and is looking to bring in some of Europe’s finest to Anfield next season. Though recent reports hints that the German tactician might give star striker Daniel Sturridge another season at the club while some English media reports that he is already monitoring Athletic Bilbao’s Inaki Williams and hopes to sign him as a possible replacement this summer.
Lots of bookies think it unlikely that the La Liga star would move to Anfield next season. Though, his release clause of €50m is on the high side, he is considered a possible long-term replacement for Daniel Sturridge. So here we consider if he will be of any impact at Liverpool.
In case you don’t know who he is – the Spaniard is a versatile player who is good playing the flanks or as a lone striker. At just 22, Williams is an untapped talent with lots of potential. He is pacey and strong in the air – a skill that has been lacking in the Reds squad for a while now.
Liverpool has a good goal record this season but they have had issues facing team with strong defences. They lack attackers with strength and the Bilbao man can give more depth to their attack. However, he cannot be placed on the same pedestal as a fully it Daniel Sturridge.
Williams has managed to bag 7 goals and 8 assists in 43 appearances across all competition this season while Sturridge picked up 6 goals and 3 assists in just 23 appearances, with most of them coming as a substitute. The Liverpool man is one of Premier League top goal scorer just as he was in the Europa League last season. But the fact that most of his influence dates back to twelve years ago is the only issue with the striker.
Sturridge have had trouble keeping fit while Inaki has been a constant on the training ground. The Spanish star, who made his senior debut for Spain national team in 2016, is a highly spirited youngster with passion for the game and playing under a manager like Jurgen Klopp can turn him into a top class player.
He is not a player to replicate Sturridge’s display at Anfield, but his introduction to the Reds squad will give their attack a new look and that could be more valuable than what the 27-year old has produced this season.