In a recent interview ahead of the Champions League tie against Liverpool, Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez described Liverpool’s head coach Jurgen Klopp as a “great coach”. The comments explored in the football world and reports now link the Argentinian striker with a move to the Premier League giants.
According to reports, Liverpool are long-term admirers of Lautaro Martinez. The reds were yet again linked with the Inter Milan striker in the January transfer window. According to a report by Calciomercato back in December, Liverpool are still “desiring” the Inter Milan forward. Reports suggest that Jurgen Klopp views Lautaro Martinez as a potential successor to Roberto Firmino.
Since making the switch to the Serie A outfit, Martinez has made a name for himself. He has featured in 163 matches across all competitions for Inter Milan. In this time he has recorded 61 goals and 22 assists. Lautaro Martinez has been in decent form in the League this term. The striker has recorded 11 goals and two assists in 22 Serie A games this term. (stats via Transfermarkt)
The Argentinian forward is yet to record any goals or assist in the Champions League this term. But he will be certainly hoping to break the deadlock and make a good impression on the Liverpool faithful and Jurgen Klopp across the two legs in the Champions League.
Martinez joined Inter Milan back in the summer of 2018. He extended his contract with the Italian outfit just last summer. His current contract now runs until 2026. He is reported to be valued at £75million by the Inter Milan board. Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool will certainly need to break the bank if they intend to bring the Argentina international to the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp verdict on Lautaro Martinez
Talking to the press after the Champions League draw, back in December about Inter Milan and Lautaro Martinez, he said:
“Lautaro Martinez is one of the most exciting strikers in the world, probably,”
Talking to the media on Tuesday ahead of the Champions League tie and responding to Martinez’s comments, he said:
“I’m happy to hear him say that, and I say thank you,”
“Klopp is a great coach. He will certainly prepare his team well for this match.
“We have to do well, hurt them, and move forward.”
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