Liverpool are monitoring Mexican forward Alexis Vega ahead of the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.
What’s the word?
The 24-year-old currently plays as a winger for Liga MX club Guadalajara and is expected to feature for Mexico at the upcoming World Cup.
According to transfer insider Dean Jones, writing for GIVEMESPORT, Vega has always expressed an interest in playing in Europe, and alongside Liverpool, the likes of Wolves, Chelsea and Real Madrid have all taken notice of the fleet-footed winger.
The strengths of the emerging talent are his dribbling skills and explosive pace, which makes him a threatening player when running at defenders, and are attributes that would be perfectly adept for Premier League Football.
An impact player
For manager Jurgen Klopp, a signing like this could inject even more pace and intensity into his team and may prove to be the perfect impact player from the subs bench.
With injuries an ever-present possibility, considering what has happened to Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz this season, the opportunity to strengthen attacking areas is something that must be considered by the Liverpool manager.
In Liga MX, the versatile attacker has provided a return of three goals and four assists this season. And while these may not be the type of numbers that are suggestive of an instant starter, there’s a case to be made that Vega could be the perfect player to bring on in times of need at Anfield.
The ability to add an explosive impact in the closing stretches of a match is a skill not everyone possesses, but the Reds will have fond memories of players like Divock Origi, who went on to be a cult legend at Anfield after some of his impact performances.
If the Mexican can emulate big-impact moments akin to Origi, then this deal would be a no-brainer for Klopp, as the Reds have struggled this season to find an impact in games where they’re not at their best – recent games against Leeds and Nottingham Forest being prime examples.
Ultimately, Liverpool will be faced with a hectic second half of the season after the World Cup, with a Champions League tie against Real Madrid and a huge number of domestic games, so the chance to bring in additional players could prove hugely beneficial in the long run.
Transfermarkt values the 24-year-old at €8m (£7m) currently, so there is little risk of a financial strain on the club by doing the deal, although this figure could dramatically rise depending on a good World Cup showing, which is a big possibility as Jones has touted him to surprise a few in Qatar.
Whether or not this deal does happen, it’s certainly an opportunistic signing that could reward whichever club decides to take the plunge, and Liverpool have little to lose after the start they’ve had to the season.