So with Phillipe Coutinho out the Anfield gates, the man on everybody’s twitter feed is 90 million pound Thomas Lemar. Thomas Lemar has predominantly featured out wide for Monaco but with Salah, Mane and Oxlade-Chamberlain already at the club the questions poses, “Where does Thomas Lemar fit in to this Liverpool team” Well hopefully I may able to shed some light on what I believe may happen with the French playmaker if he is to join the reds.
Firstly let’s shed some light on recent comments made with a lot of people assuming Monaco will not sell in January, now Monaco won the league last season and captured the hearts of a lot of fans with their free flowing attacking play especially in the champions league where Mbappe, Falcao, Bernado Silva and Thomas Lemar ran riot. However Monaco’s business model is to buy young prospects and sell for a giant profit. They play at Stade Louis which only has a capacity of around 18,000. So they don’t generate a whole load of money in relation to ticket sales and all the merchandise that goes with it. They have a history of buying and selling, Mendy, Silva, Mbappe, James Rodriguez, Bernado Silva, Falcao (Loan), Carrasco and Kondogbia. Its truly impressive the way Monaco operate and its quite rare to see, don’t be surprised to see Keita Balde Daio as the next big talent to emerge then leave. So in my option, if the price is right, especially with Monaco already eliminated from the champions league Thomas Lemar would be able to leave in January.
Thomas Lemar, left footed, 5ft 7, French, plays out wide or centrally. Thomas Lemar is known more for his set piece deliveries and being able to find the right pass at the right moment rather than being able to take a man on, he has been quoted himself explaining this… “I am trying to avoid duels and concentrate on passing as much as possible.” He can also score from range, watch his two goals from France v Netherlands as you’ll see how. Thomas Lemar also scored 14 goals and claimed 17 assists last season, who is that similar to? Well Coutinho scored 13 goals for us last season.
So where does Thomas Lemar fit in? in my opinion when Jurgen Klopp signs a player positions aren’t something that comes to mind, in fact Jurgen Klopp has stated before that he doesn’t believe in positions, he believes in personal responsibility’s and that everybody has a set job of when to press, defend and how to attack. Gini Wijnaldum played as a CAM/LW at Newcastle, came to Liverpool and plays CM. Milner was CM and done a whole season near enough at Left Back. Lallana has played RW,LW,CM, and CAM for Liverpool. So in my opinion Thomas Lemar and his versatility may be used here and there, but I believe Thomas Lemar will play as part of a 3 in midfield with him given the license to attack more than the other two CM’s. At the present moment Coutinho plays that role but often drifts to the left, Thomas Lemar will offer more balance as he’s left footed, something Liverpool lacked last season where we often played with 11 right footers making us predictable. Don’t be surprised to see him taking set pieces either, something again Coutinho usually does, and with the height of Virgil Van Dijk and Matip in the box could we see Van Dijk doing what Skrtel did in 2013/2014 scoring 7 goals that session.
With Thomas Lemar being the tender age of 22 Liverpool would be picking up a young emerging French Talent who are currently in there golden generation, A player that can be shaped to suit Jürgen’s style of play who is comfortable with both feet and versatile. The way prices are for players currently in the market and if Thomas Lemar can be given time, he really could become a truly unbelievable playmaker for the reds and compete with the talents of David Silva as one of the best play makers in the premier league.
If Liverpool can get this deal done, it will certainly soften the blow of our little magician leaving, but Thomas Lemar will need to be given time to suit Jürgen’s mold, but would I be excited to see Thomas Lemar at Anfield, you bet I am.