Transfer silly season is now in full swing, and that means Liverpool are being linked with a whole host of names, some believable, others less so.
Despite feelings from the club that transfer business is finished for the summer with the arrivals of Darwin Núñez, Calvin Ramsay and Fábio Carvalho, that hasn’t stopped the newspapers and websites linking Liverpool with players.
One of the latest names to appear in connection to Jürgen Klopp’s side is Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot.
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According to The Telegraph, Rabiot has made it known that his difficult time in Turin is at an end, and that he wants to move to the Premier League, and most specifically, one of Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City or Tottenham.
In short, he wants Champions League football.
While he is currently getting that at Juve, his relationship with the Italian giants has been rocky to say the least, ever since he arrived at the club on a free transfer in the summer of 2019.
Signed by former sporting director Fabio Paratici, now at Tottenham, Rabiot has struggled to win over the Juventus fans after three full seasons in Serie A, with many wondering what exactly Rabiot is good at.
Rabiot is neither fast nor slow; neither skilful nor workmanlike and neither an attacking midfielder nor a defensive midfielder. What he brings to a team has puzzled many.
Yet Rabiot is good on the ball, but he’s not a regista, nor a deep-lying playmaker, in the truest sense. He’s good at recycling the ball and keeping possession of it, but he can’t orchestrate play in the way that Andrea Pirlo, Xavi, Xabi Alonso and Toni Kroos could in their pomp.
Rabiot is simply a bit of a mystery. Moreover, he comes with baggage, with his entourage having made the headlines for the wrong reasons in the past.
Should Liverpool be interested in Rabiot?
In a word, no. Rabiot simply doesn’t possess any of the characteristics needed to play for a Klopp side. Rabiot tends to play within himself and forever seems stuck in second or third gear; that wouldn’t be acceptable to Klopp and his high-octane brand of football.
The only conceivable way that Rabiot could work at Liverpool was if he was brought in as cover for Thiago Alcântara when Klopp needed to give the Spaniard a break, as Rabiot does share some similar attributes with him.
Rabiot is in the final year of his contract at Juve, and the Italians would be happy to do a deal to offload him, and a fee likely would cost Liverpool somewhere between £12m to £15m, but even still, Rabiot is not worth that much.
There are plenty of better options on the market, and Liverpool shouldn’t entertain the idea of signing Rabiot, not even for a minute.
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