Liverpool must target Marcus Edwards as their next signing from Portugal. The winger lit up the Champions League on Tuesday.
Marcus Edwards may not have scored on Tuesday evening but he gave Tottenham Hotspur the run around. The Sporting winger, playing against his former side, showed incredible skill on the night as his team won 2-0.
Edwards particularly caught the eye with a stunning run in the first-half that forced a good save out of Hugo Lloris. Understandably, pundits were raving about the 23-year-old after the game.
“This was spectacular,” Peter Crouch told BT Sport. ‘There are not many passages of play that have all of us on our feet and we were at this moment. I know we’ve got a foot in the Spurs camp but this was an unbelievable run.”
And for us, he’s one Liverpool should be watching.
Liverpool must target Marcus Edwards
We know Liverpool rate the Portugese Primeira Liga highly – both Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez arrived from there this year. We also believe the Reds will look at another forward in 2023.
Roberto Firmino’s contract will expire, after all, and it appears unlikely that he gets a new one. Any replacement will likely be a right-sided player, however, as it’s the one areas Liverpool lack depth. Nunez and Diogo Jota can both play centrally, as well as on the left. On the right, though, Mohamed Salah is the only real option.
Edwards would fix that, with the added bonus of being a Homegrown player. That’s an incredibly important factor for any signing, allowing more freedom with your transfer elsewhere.
And Edwards is certainly a talent. In fact, it feels as though he’s about to explode into life. Having joined Sporting at the start of the year, the winger has scored twice and assisted another two in six league appearances this season. He grabbed a goal and assist on the first Champions League matchday, too.
And per the Telegraph, he has a £52m release clause. That’s the maximum he’s going for, then – potentially a steal if he’s as good as he looks and carrying the English ‘premium’.
If Firmino does leave next summer, Liverpool should absolutely have a look.