Missing factor in attack? – Here’s why Liverpool must revive interest in this 22-year-old starring for PL rivals

Why Liverpool must revive interest in signing James Maddison?

James Maddison was one of the best purchases by a Premier League club in the previous campaign.

The former Norwich City midfielder joined Leicester City and scored seven goals and provided seven assists in his debut season.

The 22-year-old was one of Leicester’s best players last season and began this campaign in great fashion too.

James Maddison

Maddison was one of the star’s in Leicester’s 1-1 draw at Chelsea, and the English midfielder has attracted the attention of several clubs in the past.

The Daily Star (h/t Guardian) reports that Liverpool were interested in the Englishman and were willing to pay £60m for the 22-year-old.

The report adds that Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham were also keen on the Leicester City star in the summer, but he remained at the King Power Stadium.

Liverpool need more goals from the midfield

The previous season was incredible for the Reds as they won the Champions League and just missed out on the Premier League title.

The front-line was excellent as usual and their defence was rock solid thanks to the form of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson.

Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri also had parts to play in their stellar campaign, but there was just one negative for the team, and that was the lack of goals from the midfield.

James Milner was their highestscoring midfielder with seven but most of these strikes came from the spot. Jordan Henderson and Fabinho got one each while Georginio Wijnaldum got five goals in the previous campaign.

Naby Keita also chipped in with three, but the lack of creativity from the midfield was there for all to see last season.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s return is a boost for the Reds but a taloned midfielder like Maddison can take the team to another level.

Jurgen Klopp has built a fantastic side and even the loss of Philippe Coutinho could not stop them from landing the Champions League title.

Jurgen Klopp with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

However, there were several games where the Reds needed more creativity to break down a rigid defence, and this is where Maddison’s ability would come into play.

The 22-year-old has formed a great relationship with Jamie Vardy at Leicester but having the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane ahead of him would make Liverpool a better attacking unit.

Currently, the Reds rely on the width provided by the two full-backs while one of their attacking trio often drops back to take up the ball from the midfield.

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Maddison joining the side would ensure the attacking trio stay up top while Liverpool can play with two defensive midfielders.

Verdict

Maddison is one of the top talents in the Premier League and would make an excellent addition to the Liverpool team.

The Foxes won’t allow him to leave on a cheap after the Harry Maguire sale, but Liverpool have the funds to make a big move after their low-key summer transfer window.

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Written by Saiyed Adeem Karim

Ditching a corporate job to follow a dream isn’t easy, but when football comes calling, who can say no? Been following the beautiful game since 1998. FIFA addict, F1 fanatic.

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