Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Can Thomas Lemar Make Liverpool Fans Forget About Philippe Coutinho?

Embed from Getty Images

The question above comes from a Liverpool fan himself, which does not necessarily mean the arguments provided below would make it a biased presentation.  

Right?

Anyhow. With Liverpool’s busy January transfer market likely to be continued following the £142 sale of Philippe Coutinho and the £75 million arrival of Virgil van Dijk it’s back to the heating rumour of Thomas Lemar link we tackle here.

Terms Agreed?

AS Monaco winger Thomas Lemar is once again being heavily linked with a move to the Reds, after infamously coming close to joining Arsenal on the transfer deadline day last year. With a £90 million deal falling through at the last moment it was subsequently being suggested Lemar was hoping another club would come calling.

Yes. It’s Liverpool.

Eyed as a direct replacement for Philippe Coutinho at the centre of the park – and in numerous position in the final third for that matter – Thomas Lemar is currently found at 4/1 betting odds to join Liverpool until the end of the winter transfer market.

The likes of Liverpool Echo and various other reports have it that Reds have already agreed terms with the French sensation over a January move to Anfield. The French giants are said to be holding out for the last summer’s £90 million valuation and a deal is not any closer than being a mere speculation at this point in time.

Liverpool are reportedly willing to go up to £75 million for the French international as Jurgen Klopp does not intend to rush-buy.

“If something jumps in my face we will think about it”, Klopp said when asked about re-entering the market this month after the Virgil van Dijk buy.

 

With their war chest filled courtesy of the Catalan giants, however, Liverpool can afford to be picky and with Thomas Lemar having the potential to upgrade the squad significantly, Klopp is unlikely to miss the chance to explore the possibility of landing him.

A Proper Coutinho Replacement?

With Kylian Mbappe stealing all headlines in AS Monaco’s title-winning season in France last year, it was Thomas Lemar and his impressive exploits that had been left somewhat under the radar.

The 22-year-old was mostly used on the left of Leonardo Jardim’s 4-2-2-2 system last year, performing the similar role Philippe Coutinho was instructed with at Liverpool. Lemar has a licence to roam and drift inward towards the centre of the park where he would link up with Falcao and Mbappe last season and Stevan Jovetic or Keita this term.

Having established himself as a skilled set-piece taker and a pacey creator boasting great vision and turn of step with the ball in his feet, Thomas Lemar has been given a more direct role in the central part of the pitch, straight behind the attackers.

Cue the similarities.

Thomas Lemar is an ambidextrous dribbler who boasts impressive agility and ability to beat opponents with remarkable ease. Lemar is fantastic at creating space for himself, while at the same time getting out of tight spaces on the ball. As a player capable to solve locked situations with a single moment of brilliance, Thomas Lemar is exactly the player Liverpool need when they run out of ideas which was the case in their last match against Swansea City.

On top of his incredible skillset and talent, there lies Thomas Lemar’s footballing intelligence which is set to allow him to develop and maximise his potential.

Under the guidance of a visionary who has a particular knack for getting the best out of his players – ain’t that right Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain – Thomas Lemar could indeed become a copy-paste version of Philippe Coutinho at Anfield.

In the end, let’s address the question from the title by simply stating – yes, he can.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Milos Markovic


Formerly a Chief Editor at the largest sports site in Serbia Sportske.net, Milos Markovic is an avid football writer who contributes to a variety of online football magazines - most prominently Soccernews.com and Futbolgrad.com. His feature articles, editorials, interviews and match analyses have provided informed opinion and views, helping the football aficionados keep up to date on relevant events in world football.

SHARE OR COMMENT ON THIS ARTICLE

WE RECOMMEND

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of
avatar
 
smilegrinwinkmrgreenneutraltwistedarrowshockunamusedcooleviloopsrazzrollcryeeklolmadsadexclamationquestionideahmmbegwhewchucklesillyenvyshutmouth
wpDiscuz
More More
Top