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Liverpool-linked attacker has been compared to... Zlatan Ibrahimovic 🤯
He's achieved something in La Liga that hasn't been done since Sergio Aguero's time at Atletico Madrid
Liverpool are reportedly keeping track of Alexander Isak’s progress, with a view to a potential summer move for the Real Sociedad frontman.
It’s not a name many Liverpool fans will have encountered, given how the likes of Patson Daka and Raphinha (to name a couple) have dominated headlines for the last few months.
Nonetheless, if the thoughts of the Swedish press are anything to go by, it’s a name many may want to keep in mind - potentially for the long-term.
“Well, we have it, I'm absolutely convinced we have it,” Sport Bladet journalist Erik Niva wrote of the 21-year-old following Sweden’s surprise stalemate with Spain.
“We have done a lot right on the youth side, we have lots of talent on the way up from below - and we have an invaluable diamond named Alexander Isak.
“On his own, he managed to get the momentum of this match to shift, to swing. He has that extremely rare ability to interpret and handle situations on his own, at his very own pace. During my lifetime, we've only had one other player with the same kind of ability, and you know his name.
“For almost everyone else, a match like this goes lightning fast. For Alexander Isak, time slows down, at the same time as playing paths open up and opportunities arise.
“Even though we did not have the ball, we should have scored both one and two goals. Alexander Isak made sure of that.”
We all know exactly who Niva is referring to.
Assuming that Isak is the second coming of Sweden’s greatest ever player - not to mention once one of the top footballers on the planet - the ever-humble Zlatan Ibrahimovic, our reported curiosity is certainly more than understandable.
Taking into account the fact that the Swede is the first player since Sergio Aguero to have amassed 17 goals in the Spanish top-flight (aged 21 or under), it’s not overly difficult to understand why the player is attracting so much attention.
At 6’ 3” he’s a surprising attacking talent in that he’s not built to utilise his height in aerial duels but rather impose upon backlines with his physicality, enthusiasm for a press, dribbling ability, and bursts of pace.
With so many sides often opting for the low-block to counter Liverpool’s prowess going forward - perhaps not in recent times - just think about how handy it would have been to rely on a powerful frontman whose size doesn’t require a sacrifice in our style of play.
If Jurgen Klopp’s looking for the next subtle evolution to instill at Anfield, gradually moving away from a false No.9, link-up man in Roberto Firmino and toward a powerful centre-forward designed to directly break down deep defences may very well be the way forward.
Of course, it depends in part on whether the German views his midfield as an engine room or as the source of his side’s creativity going forward.
But we’re getting sidetracked… not to mention skirting over a subject few may wish to actively consider - the price-tag.
Suffice to say that the Sweden international would not come cheap, with his contract extending to the summer of 2024 and reports claiming the existence of a €70m release-clause.
We at the EOTK Insider just can’t see Liverpool forking out the cash to meet such a figure, especially if we’re reliant in part still on player sales.
That being said, if Isak can continue his upward trajectory and grow to fulfill the demands of the modern centre-forward, he may very well be worth every single penny for the side brave enough to take a punt.
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