Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp told to sign Arsenal star who has ‘everything you need’
Former Liverpool star David James believes Liverpool should consider a move for gunners Gabriel Martinelli ahead of Leeds united star Raphinha this summer transfer window as Liverpool looks likely to strengthen their squad this summer.
Raphinha has stood out in a struggling Leeds United side this campaign, meanwhile Martinelli continues to go from strength to strength under the guidance of Mikel Arteta at Arsenal.
Martinelli has really impress during the Gunners’ recent Premier League defeat to Liverpool and Klopp has declared his admiration for the 20-year-old.
Sharing his thoughts on who will more suited to a Liverpool switch, ex-Reds keeper David James has suggested Martinelli edges his vote.
“Gabriel Martinelli is one player who I get excited by. If it was a choice between Martinelli and Raphinha, I would go for Martinelli,” James told ggrecon.com.
“He’s young and he’s got everything you need. It’s almost like a slightly rawer [Luis] Diaz, and the beauty of Diaz is that he can play basically anywhere.
“Martinelli obviously occupies the left a lot more. I always think that with a good environment and age, you can manipulate a player into something else, and I think Martinelli fits that criteria.
“He’s young and more than capable. And I can imagine him in a Liverpool kit, doing what he does with Arsenal, if not better, and just fitting in seamlessly.
“If you look at Liverpool’s recruitment, the age of the players they’re buying; they’re young: they’re kind of like ‘we’ve already got the team now, but what’s it going to look like in the future?’
“They’re bringing in those players to fill in those spaces where if [Roberto] Firmino, [Sadio] Mane, Salah drop out, they’ll be ready to go and replace them.”