According to Tuttomercatoweb, Liverpool are ‘serious’ about potentially signing Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, who will be no stranger to regular Champions League watchers.
Indeed, Dybala is widely revered as one of Europe’s most talented attackers even if his form has dipped a little this season, but what do the experts think of the Argentine ace? Who does he remind them of and what will he bring to the Premier League? Read on to find out with our three expert views…
Ian Darke, ESPN and BT Sport commentator
As quoted by The Express, the veteran commentator had this to say about the 25-year-old back in December 2017:
“Dybala, he’s obviously a stylish player, there’s something of the Roberto Baggio about him I think. He’s a lovely player.”
Indeed, the Juventus man does ooze confidence on the ball, which sometimes seems to never lose contact with his foot when he moves with it – qualities of Old Lady legend Baggio.
The Italian netted 78 goals in 141 appearances for the Serie A champions before going on to play for both Milan clubs. Baggio played behind the striker too, and is widely regarded as one of the generational greats – will Dybala amount to similar status and, if he does, will it be in Liverpool red?
Paul Pogba, former Juventus teammate
The Manchester United man, formerly of Juventus, spoke very highly of his former teammate in 2017:
“I call Dybala ‘Square R2’. That’s the combination you press on PlayStation to do a turn and shot. He always scores like that. Has he surprised me? No, because I always said he was a phenomenon. To do what he has done, playing for Juve, is something phenomenal.”
The Frenchman’s gaming analogy will not be lost on the Allianz Stadium faithful who get to see Dybala glide across the pitch on a weekly basis – indeed, the Juve number 10 often makes it look so easy and is a tricky customer for any side.
Swiss outfit BSC Young Boys found that out the hard way when they made the trip to Turin earlier in the season – Dybala was at his scintillating best and netted all three of his side’s goals, while also scoring the consolation in the Old Lady’s second leg loss.
Gabriele Marcotti, ESPN’s Italian football expert
Another man full of praise for Dybala is Marcotti, who knows everything there is to know about Italian football – his verdict from back in the summer, though, doesn’t bode well for the Reds…
“I’m not sure Dybala would be a great fit for Liverpool. He’s a phenomenal footballer, but I’m not sure he really is the type of guy with the engine to naturally fit into that front three, which frankly I think are pretty good the way they are now.”
A recurrence in the experts’ assessments is the word ‘phenomenal’ – one that doesn’t and shouldn’t get thrown around often in the world of football. Undoubtedly, Anfield would be receiving a top, top talent, although Marcotti doesn’t seem to think he has the work-rate to succeed in Liverpool’s front three.
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Perhaps the number 10 could instead lift the creative burden off the shoulders of Roberto Firmino – the Brazilian has been doing pretty much all the ‘playmaking’ since the departure of countryman Philippe Coutinho.
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