First of, this will go nicely with the previous policies that Liverpool have been willing to follow, firstly to buy players who are English, and secondly, buy players in that 20-25 years old age range.
Not only will Johnson have sell-on value as he approaches the peak of his powers, but should he succeed with the Merseyside outfit, he could be the man that provides that much needed extra ‘magic’ the Reds need.
Financially, 16 million pounds for a winger like Adam Johnson is slightly risky. I would prefer if this were to be true, that Liverpool perhaps get him for a lower price. But considering the fact that he did make 38 appearances in all competitions for the Premier League champions, he sounds like a sound investment to make.
Johnson has been reportedly frustrated by the lack of playing time for the Etihad Stadium outfit, that costed him a place in Roy Hodgson’s squad for the EURO 2012 competition.
His playing style and position won’t do Liverpool much harm either. After all, the right wing is indeed a position that requires some tweaking following the departure of Dirk Kuyt and soon-to-be departing Maxi Rodriguez. He would be a good first choice right winger for Liverpool FC.
Furthermore, his playing style (hugging the touchline) will allow Liverpool to widen out their play and get more width into their game, opening up defences and making opportunities from the cracks in opposition defences. He has great acceleration, and is able to beat markers with a short burst of speed.
His creativity also means that he will be able to go past his man with relative ease. With his dribbling ability and ball control he can cause severe damage down the right flank.
The general consensus is that Liverpool FC need a right winger at the moment. Johnson is one who can cross the ball well and provide the much needed width and creativity to an otherwise fairly stagnant Liverpool midfield. In my opinion, he is one that is required to add something extra to Liverpool.
Published with permission from Two Liverpool Fans.