After taking down the Reds at Anfield, Llorente could be well on his way back to Liverpool’s home turf, but this time as part of Jürgen Klopp’s side.
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A lot of Liverpool fans will have bitter memories of Marcos Llorente. The Spaniard was the main man in the Reds game against Atletico, having scored twice to knock the Merseyside team out of the UEFA Champions League back in the 2019/20 season. According to Spanish outlet Cadena Ser, Llorente’s agent and uncle, Julio Llorente, informed them that Liverpool had made several calls about a possible move for the Spanish midfielder. Having joined Diego Simeone’s team during the summer of 2019 for a reported fee around the £35 million mark, the Spaniard seems unfazed by the Reds’ interest and wants to stay at Atletico Madrid. It seems like the midfielder left quite an impression on Liverpool’s staff after the Champions League tie, so much so that they’ve been looking to sign him for a while. Julio Llorente also told Cadena Ser about how the last call they received for the midfielder was back in May of 2020, and it wasn’t from a Spanish side.
Although his agent confirmed that he wants to stay in Madrid, you can never rule out transfers from happening. According to another Spanish outlet, Jürgen Klopp’s side is more than ready to pay £45 million for the player. Having lost Thomas Partey to Arsenal on deadline day, Atletico Madrid will probably be hesitant if they are to receive an offer from Liverpool for the midfielder.Embed from Getty Images
Since Gini Wijnaldum is yet to sign a new contract, rumours have been coming out for months about the player leaving the club, with FC Barcelona being the frontrunners for the Dutchman’s signature. If Wijnaldum were to leave, Llorente could fill that gap in the squad.
Compared to the Dutchman’s stats, Llorente comes on top in some of them. The Spaniard has recorded so far in La Liga 1.4 tackles per game while Wijnaldum has only recorded 0.8, but Gini comes on top in almost every other defensive stat. On the other hand, Llorente has better attacking stats in almost every aspect. 4 goals and 2 assists in La Liga, alongside his 1.2 shots and 0.7 key passes per game compared to Wijnaldum’s 1 goal in the Premier League as well 0.8 shots and 0.5 key passes per game. Although the Dutchman falls short in key passes per game, at least he dominates the average passes, having 48 per game, and the pass success percentage, having 92.1% of passes attempted being completed.
Although it seems like Llorente is the better player going forwards, it must be noted that Wijnaldum plays more of a defensive role in the team instead of a more attacking one like Llorente’s. Even though this transfer happening is very unlikely, it’s always good to keep an eye out on what could be a future Liverpool player.