Liverpool are reportedly interested Juventus attacking outlet Federico Bernadeschi, according to Calciomercato.
The player who is versatile enough to play anywhere across the front three has been with the Italian giants since 2017.
Given Liverpool’s dominance over the last 18 months, it seems unthinkable that they might strengthen further.
Bernadeschi is playing for one of Europe’s top clubs but his link to Liverpool does seem somewhat surprising.
Here are three reasons why Liverpool should steer clear of signing the Juventus star:
Square pegs, round holes
Signing Bernandeschi would almost certainly mean deploying him as a square peg in a round hole.
This season the Italian has played 14 games as a number 10 and typically Jurgen Klopp doesn’t play with one.
He has never really featured as a central midfielder so that would be out of the question.
He could be utilised on the right or left flank but Liverpool’s front three offer more than a stereotypical wide player would.
That wouldn’t really suit him and shoehorning him into an unfamiliar position wouldn’t be ideal.
Average goal contribution record
In his 14 Serie A games this season, Bernadeschi is yet to register a single goal or assist towards Juventus’ campaign.
In four Champions League games, this term he has netted one goal in a 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen.
It hasn’t just been this season that he has struggled.
In 88 games for the Old Lady he has scored eight goals and claimed 11 assists.
Playing as a number 10 at a club like Juventus and not contributing to a single goal is inexcusable.
If Liverpool were to sign him in January, they wouldn’t exactly be getting a player in splendid form.
Juventus paid £35 million (BBC Sport) for the forward two-and-a-half years ago and it seems unlikely he will go on the cheap.
Liverpool could probably scour the market and get a much better player for a far better price.
Taking everything into consideration it seems a big risk to sign Bernadeschi and try and get him into some sort of form.
Klopp would be better off steering clear of a man clearly struggling for form and turning his attentions towards a player more suited to his team.