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Liverpool dominant because of excellent recruitment

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 13 Dec 2019

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According to Sky Sports, Liverpool are in talks with Salzburg to sign attacking midfielder Takumi Minamino for a deal worth just £7.25million, which is the release clause in his contract. The Reds are expected to beat off competition from a number of Premier League and Bundesliga clubs for the Japanese star. The signing would certainly be a shrewd move from the Merseysider’s.

Another excellent move in the transfer market

It hurts me to say it, but Liverpool has got it spot on in the transfer market in recent years. When watching Minamino against the Reds in the Champions League, he looked like an exciting player and I was wondering why he was not playing at a higher level.

Little did I know that Liverpool were scouting the attacking midfielder. If he does join the Reds, then it will be another potential quality player arriving at Anfield. At £7.25million, he is a bargain buy too.

If nurtured correctly Minamino could be a very good asset to the Merseysider’s, even if he is not necessarily starting every game, he will still play a part, just as the likes of squad players Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri have of late.

Recruitment puts other clubs to shame

I have to say as an Everton fan, Liverpool’s puts the Blues to shame when it comes to recruitment. The Reds have targeted key areas that needed improvement and strengthened them with the right players. It doesn’t matter how the players cost, as their recruitment has taken them back to the top of the English football tree.

A good example is Everton paying £45million to Swansea to sign Gylfi Sigurdsson. The Icelandic attacking midfielder was never worth that fee. However, the Blues overpaid to make him a statement signing.

Meanwhile, Liverpool brought in Mohamed Salah for far less. Some will say that Everton would not have been able to attract the likes of Salah, but that doesn’t mean they had to spend a reported £450million to end up as a worse team.

Not only are Liverpool a good team on the pitch, but they are also well managed when it comes to finances. Meanwhile, over Stanley Park, the club’s hierarchy is in another mess after choosing another head coach who was not the right man to take the team in the right direction.

The Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has backed the wrong people to run the recruitment side and it has cost him dearly.

Liverpool just getting stronger under Klopp

Jurgen Klopp is, of course, part of the recruitment process and he is also a top coach. Why oh why did Liverpool have to hire him? The Reds are just getting stronger under their German coach. Every player that signs seem to add something extra to the Liverpool mix and the same likely goes for Minamino.

The Reds are now eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table and odds of 1/7 to end their title drought. If they do, then the club’s recruitment, including the appointment of Jurgen Klopp is the main reason for their success.

If only the Blues could follow suit with their recruitment and rise again. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely to happen, as it seems Everton are destined to spend the foreseeable future in mediocrity, while the neighbours thrive.

Is good recruitment the key to Liverpool’s success?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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