Would Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes be a perfect fit at Liverpool?
Barcelona are reportedly looking to sell Andre Gomes (according to AS) in the summer. The Spanish club is willing to listen to offers for the 24-year-old with a number of Premier League clubs including the Reds monitoring his services.
Ernesto Valverde’s side signed Gomes for €35 million from Valencia in 2016 but he has netted on just three occasions having made 47 appearances in his first season at the club.
The Portuguese international's outings have not inspired much this campaign. Having featured in just 22 games, Gomes has failed to score a single goal this season.
Would Gomes be a good addition to Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool?
Gomes was potentially going to be used as a makeweight (according to the Daily Star) in the deal which saw Philippe Coutinho join Barcelona this January. Klopp is also believed to be a keen admirer of the deep-lying midfielder who is enduring a frustrating time in Catalonia.
Luis Enrique deployed him in several positions around the pitch — including right-back — but it was an underwhelming debut campaign at best. Klopp with his track record of getting the best out of players could help Gomes rediscover his best form, as the player is definitely talented.
He wouldn’t fill the Coutinho void should he move to Anfield in the summer, but he could well the perfect replacement for 24-year-old Emre Can, who has been linked heavily with a move to Juventus next summer on a free transfer. His arrival would likely see him slot into a deeper midfield role with Adam Lallana moving further forward.
Marca had previously claimed he was the worst La Liga signing in 2016/17, and whilst he didn’t succeed for Portugal in Euro 2016, he still has a lot to offer and Anfield could provide that basis for him to excel.
Gomes would provide a controlling and creative foil for more energetic and athletic midfielders such as Georginio Wijnaldum and captain Jordan Henderson, which may prove crucial when attempting to break down deep-lying defences at Anfield (something that the Reds struggled with last term).
He is confident on the ball, proficient and likes to press, not only would he would fit into Klopp’s style of play, he would also provide thrust and penetration. If signed he could find himself sitting alongside new Liverpool signing Naby Keita, who will join up with Klopp's Reds next summer.
Andre Gomes could just be the missing piece in the jigsaw for Liverpool.