December 4th- Jurgen Klopp has his Liverpool side comfortably up 2-0 at the Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth. Sadio Mane and Divock Origi had scored a goal each and the Reds were looking like grabbing all three points.
Enter Ryan Fraser. Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe needed to make a change to try and get his team going. The young Scotsman, who many knew nothing about, came on and single-handedly willed his team back into the match. He won a penalty, which was converted by Callum Wilson, and then scored his first Premier League goal to pull Bournemouth back to 3-2 after Emre Can had given Liverpool their two-goal cushion back.
Fraser was not finished, though. The Scotland youth international then provided the assist for the equalizer and played a part in the fourth goal which left the Liverpool squad and their fans shellshocked.
— AFC Bournemouth 🍒 (@afcbournemouth) December 6, 2016
Many thought he would be a one game wonder, but they were wrong.
Present Day- After scoring against Swansea City on Saturday, Ryan Fraser was in Eddie Howe’s starting lineup today against Arsenal.
His performance was eye grabbing, to say the least. The winger’s pace, dribbling ability, and creativity helped to keep Arsenal on the back foot for about 70 minutes before he was subbed off.
Fraser scored Bournemouth’s third goal, which most thought was the nail in the coffin for Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal. For Bournemouth, they threw away the 3-0 lead to draw 3-3, but Fraser’s performance was a positive one.
GOAL: Bournemouth 3-0 Arsenal.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 3, 2017
Now enter Liverpool Football Club. Jurgen Klopp has admitted that purchases may be necessary, regardless of the fact the German has a tendency to stay away from the January window.
Sadio Mane has departed for the African Cup of Nations, and the club have already been linked with a plethora of attacking players.
Quincy Promes, Julian Draxler (who has signed for PSG), Jese Rodriguez, Emil Forsberg, and others have been linked with switches to Merseyside. Georginio Wijnaldum has also made it clear he would love to see the club sign Promes, his fellow Dutch international.
Liverpool will step up their bid to land Dutch star Quincy Promes in January. (Source: Daily Mirror) pic.twitter.com/LcyodX9tIs
— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) December 26, 2016
But here is where I would disagree with each of the players as mentioned above. For one, they would all carry a hefty price tag. Promes and Forsberg each have been valued at 20-25 million pounds and are already established first team players at their clubs (Spartak Moscow and RB Leipzig).
In addition, each player is too expensive to be a one-month replacement. When Sadio Mane returns, Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson, and Daniel Sturridge will all be fully fit, hopefully. There is no way Klopp would or should replace any of his current players, apart from the center backs or goalkeepers, but even Lovren and Mignolet to name a couple have improved since last season.
Quincy Promes and Emil Forsberg would add depth to an already loaded squad, yes, but it is pointless to spend that kind of money on what would likely be a one-month rental player. Promes or Forsberg would never replace the likes of Mane, Coutinho, Firmino, and Lallana. To even consider replacing any of these four is borderline insane.
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) January 2, 2017
Let’s focus back on Fraser now. The Scotsman would be cheaper for sure. While Bournemouth have not placed any formal valuation, a 10-15 million pound bid would be a tough one for Bournemouth to reject.
Next, the player is young. At 22 years of age, he still has plenty of time to continue his development, and there are few managers around the world better with youth than Jurgen Klopp.
In addition, the winger has everything Klopp looks for in a player. He is quick, creative, and most importantly, does not stop pressing. He is a tireless, hard-working player who has proven he has what it takes to play against the best of the best in the Premier League.
Liverpool could sure use his grit in this grueling upcoming fixture list. They could even loan him back to Bournemouth or another Premier League club before the window closes to ensure he gets game time before a summer with Jurgen Klopp and his staff.
The winger looks like a future star for club and country and I am sure he caught Klopp’s eye on that frustrating day on the South coast of England.
It is understandable that fans and even some former players think now is the time for Klopp to spend big. But, many seem to forget just how much money and time have been put into this Liverpool squad. Fraser would add to Klopp’s broad, exciting group of Liverpool youngsters and would surely be a player who would play for the badge on his kit, not the money.
There is no guarantee Bournemouth would accept any offer at the moment for their newfound star man. He has implemented himself as a key first-teamer for Eddie Howe, but the risk would be one worth taking for Klopp and Liverpool.
It is important to note that Klopp turned players like Marco Reus and Robert Lewandowski into superstars before they were household names. Liverpool’s owners and transfer committee like young players with potential as well so they probably would not put up too much fuss if Klopp decided to go after the youngster who beat his team practically by himself.
January will be a critical month for Liverpool regardless of transfer actions, but boy has Fraser caught my eye.
What do you think? Let us know if you agree, disagree, or possibly have a Liverpool transfer request of your own.