Robbie Fowler claims Ollie Watkins would shine at Liverpool
Robbie Fowler has told the Sunday Mirror (9/5; page 65) that Ollie Watkins would certainly do well at Liverpool working under Jurgen Klopp, insisting that he is likely to be on the radar of both the Reds and Manchester City.
Watkins has been a revelation during his first year in the Premier League. There looked to be a lot of pressure on his shoulders with the Villans paying £28 million last summer (via BBC Sport).
The 25-year-old has scored 13 goals and provided four assists for Villa. He has also been rewarded with a debut call-up to the England squad ahead of Euro 2020.
And Fowler insisted that he is good enough to take another step in his career, hinting that both the champions and the Premier League leaders are likely to be watching.
“I’m not trying to sell Watkins, but he’s taken the step up every time so far, and I can see him doing it again. To the very top level, if he can keep the trajectory of his work rate, attitude and mentality,” he told the Sunday Mirror (9/5; page 65).
“Interestingly, Jurgen Klopp absolutely sang his praises a few weeks ago and you definitely see someone with his pressing ability – and the stats to go with it – doing well under that sort of manager.
“And, believe me, clubs like City and Liverpool with their massive analytics departments will have run those stats many times already.”
TBR View: Watkins will surely be talked about as Liverpool and City consider striker options
Watkins could have hardly made a more emphatic statement to Klopp’s men. He has scored four goals against them this season, including a hat-trick at Villa Park.
He now has four goals in his last six appearances in the top flight. And he also provided an assist in the clash with Manchester City in that run.
And with both Liverpool and City potentially looking to sign a new striker this summer, it may not be a huge surprise if he is one name who is discussed by those clubs.
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