Mark Lawrenson explains why Liverpool chose not to sign Arsenal star
Mark Lawrenson has told Off The Ball that Liverpool chose not to sign Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – because of Jurgen Klopp.
Back in January 2018, Arsenal signed Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund for a fee of £56million (BBC Sport). He has since scored 90 goals.
Aubameyang, now 32, worked under Klopp at Dortmund. His stats with the Bundesliga side are immense – scoring 143 goals in 213 goals, 36 assists.
A lot of those goals came under Klopp. But the German gaffer seemingly chose not to sign the now-Arsenal captain, and bring him to Anfield.
That is according to Liverpool legend Lawrenson, who believes Klopp chose against signing Aubameyang because he knew what the striker is like.
“Why did Jurgen Klopp not take Aubameyang when he could have taken him? He knew him,” Lawrenson said, during an interview on OTB.
“He knew him absolutely 100 per cent inside out and he never ever took him. We know on his day he is an outstanding footballer.
“It was never even mentioned that Aubameyang would go to Liverpool. Klopp looked at him and thought, top player but dressing room, not sure.”
Lawrenson on Aubameyang: Should Liverpool have signed Arsenal star?
In 2018, Liverpool were flying. They had generated the fearsome front three of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino – which lives to this day.
So, the need for a player like Aubameyang was not a big one. Especially, given Liverpool spent big money on Virgil van Dijk that month.
However, would Aubameyang be an important player for Liverpool right now? Of course he would, but he might not suit Liverpool’s style.
His class, finishing and pace are obviously traits that would benefit the Reds. But his application and work rate has been questioned in the past.
At Liverpool, that is fundamental. Would he hard-working enough for the Reds and Klopp? We will never know, as Arsenal lured him to London.
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