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Done deal Liverpool signed a talented player ‘in queue’ for 10-goal $32m transfer



Done deal Liverpool signed a talented player ‘in queue’ for 10-goal $32m transfer

This summer is gearing up to be a busy one at Anfield, with a host of long-serving stars set to depart and several reinforcements expected to arrive. One in-form Premier League midfielder could well prove to be an astute purchase for Liverpool.

As the season draws to a close, the attention of supporters will soon turn to the upcoming transfer window, with the next three months likely to be pivotal for Jürgen Klopp. There is no doubt that this current season has been a disappointing one for the Reds and the task for the club’s recruitment chiefs is very clear, with problem areas in midfield and defense having emerged during an inconsistent campaign.

A whole host of potential options have been mooted as solutions to the issues facing Klopp in midfield, in particular, with the likes of Chelsea’s Mason Mount, Bayern Munich’s Ryan Gravenberch and Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister the standout names. However, last summer’s mistake of failing to line up an alternative to Aurélien Tchouaméni cannot be allowed to happen again one would surmise that a list of alternatives will be drawn up by Liverpool this time around.

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One player who could represent a shrewd option is Eberechi Eze of Crystal Palace, with the 24-year-old having experienced the best season of his career this term. The versatile attacking midfielder has been in the form of his life of late and has posted an impressive 14 goal contributions — 10 goals and four assists — in the Premier League for the Eagles this campaign.

The uncapped English midfielder signed for the Selhurst Park club back in 2020 and made a solid start to life with the South London side, registering 10 goal contributions — four goals and six assists — in his first season. An Achilles tendon injury curtailed his progress last term, with the midfielder only managing 13 appearances in the league, however he has experienced a real resurgence in fortunes this campaign.

His contributions have not gone unnoticed either, withLiverpool, Tottenham, Newcastle and even Paris Saint-Germain currently monitoring his availability, according to the Evening Standard. With two years to go on his current contract, one could certainly see a situation where Palace chairman Steve Parish decides to cash in on his asset, with his current Transfermarkt valuation of $32m (£26m/€30m) meaning the club would make a small return on their initial investment.

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It appears that Eze’s recent form has not escaped the attention of Liverpool legend John Barnes, who has revealed that he would ‘love him at Liverpool’. Speaking to MyBettingSites, he said: “He’s a great player that could fit into any of the top teams in the country. I would absolutely love him at Liverpool. Absolutely.

“Whether Liverpool are interested is another thing but he would fit into the team as one of the three midfield players, as a number 10 or as a wide forward. He’s very intelligent and very good on the ball. I think he’s been Crystal Palace’s best player.”

The former wing wizard was probably bang on the money with his assessment, with Eze’s numbers this season having been mightily impressive, with the midfielder having fulfilled a number of roles for both Patrick Vieira and Roy Hodgson this term. According to football statistics website FBref, the Palace star has been in the top 10 per cent of midfield performers across Europe’s top five leagues for shot-creating actions, touches in the opposition box, successful take-ons and total shots per 90 minutes in the past year.

By the same measure, he has also been in the top 10 per cent of performers in terms of non-penalty goals and non-penalty expected goals (xG) and assists (xA). In short, Eze has, very quietly, been one of Europe’s best attacking midfielders this season, with FBref listing the likes of Arsenal’s Martin Ødegaard and Inter Milan’s Nicolò Barella as similar players from a purely statistical point of view.

Eberechi Eze of Crystal Palace has been in the best form of his life of late and could well be of interest to a number of elite clubs this summer including Liverpool.

(Image: Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Following the Eagles’ penultimate game of the season, Eze acknowledged that he is probably experiencing the best form of his career so far, saying: “Yeah probably. I feel like I’ve got the freedom to play, to do my thing. I’m just happy to be enjoying my football.”

However, the former England U21s star was in no mood to entertain any rumors of an impending exit from Selhurst Park, asserting: “I’m not really too bothered about that. I’m just focusing on the present. I want to continue enjoying it and contributing to the team as much as I can. I’m improving every game.”

Clearly, Eze has a strong head on his shoulders and has dealt with questions regarding his long-term future at Palace with respect and diplomacy. However, it does remain to be seen whether the former Queens Park Rangers star will be able to resist the overtures of some of the continent’s biggest clubs if they do come calling in the coming months.

A deal for the 24-year-old would probably not set pulses racing on Merseyside but there is no doubting the emerging star’s quality. What is clear is that Eze would tick a lot of boxes for Liverpool and his form this season suggests he could prove a shrewd addition.

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