Ale Moreno thinks Barcelona forward Memphis Depay would be willing to join Liverpool on a possible short-term deal following the injuries to Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota.
The former Venezuelan international added that if Depay were to play under Jurgen Klopp at Anfield, then he better be prepared to ‘press’, ‘run’ and ‘defend’ given that’s not his game, as he told ESPN.
Prior to the World Cup break, Liverpool were aware of Diaz and Jota’s long-term injuries, but they were hoping to have them back when domestic football returned.
But that’s not going to be the case because Diaz, who has been one of his side’s better players this season, has suffered a setback, which was a ‘smash in the face’ to his manager.
Whilst the Reds need to address their issues in the middle of the park, it wouldn’t be a surprise if a player, to fill the wide areas, is also added during the January transfer window and Moreno backed the idea of Depay being that guy.
“I suppose it would be for Depay (an attractive move to Liverpool),” said Moreno. “But he better be willing to press, to run around, to defend and high energy, which isn’t always his strength.
“But they would have to be a changing of the mindset and what the expectations would be for him as a player.
“Whilst he can play down the middle. I don’t think that’s where he is most comfortable. He likes to come from the left-hand side. If he’s going to do that, then he better be willing to do some running.”
LIVERPOOL SHOULD STEER CLEAR OF DEPAY
When Depay was 21, he made a big move to Manchester United under the stewardship of Louis van Gaal, but things just didn’t work out for him.
In truth, not many players did during that time, with the club still declining from last season.
And whilst Depay picked himself up by making a name for himself at Lyon, he hasn’t exactly set the world alight in the colours of Barcelona
If Liverpool are in need and/or are serious about bringing in another wide attacking player, then they should push for the likes of Cody Gakpo, Leandro Trossard, Wilfried Zaha or someone of that nature, rather than Depay.