After the departure of Philippe Coutinho, it emerged that French international, Thomas Lemar was the replacement identified by Liverpool. After being confirmed by multiple journalists, The Anfield Talk’s Dan (@DnnyJnes_) looks at the young Frenchman.
Monaco wonder-kid Thomas Lemar is a Midfielder, French born who is being targeted by Jurgen Klopp as a potential option to replace Phillipe Coutinho. Lemars stand out season was in the 2016/17 season where the Frenchman achieved 9 goals scored in 34 appearances for the Ligue 1 club with a 55% shot accuracy with 18m pass length on average that year. He also had a very impressive 84% pass accuracy and created 70 chances over 2 per game. That season in the Champions League, Lemar made a total of 12 appearances and scored twice with 24 chances created. He also matched the same passing accuracy as in the league. That type of consistency within both competitions is what is the calibre we should be looking at as replacement for Coutinho.
This season Lemar has done alright in the Champions League, but not the best his talent can be, playing all the games but not scoring yet. He has a 100% shooting accuracy due to the lack of shots but nevertheless impressive. He has one 43% on average on duels won, something that could be worked on. In the League, Thomas Lemar has had 13 games played scoring twice and only a shot accuracy of 32% something that should improve as the season goes on. His pass accuracy is better at this stage than the at the end of last at 20m but maintains his 84% pass accuracy.
In terms of replacement the rumoured fee AS Monaco want is 90m and would fit on the left wing or can play centre midfield where Coutinho slotted in making the ‘Fabulous Four’. Though many believe finding a player like Coutinho doesn’t seem to be Lemar his fantastic record in Europe helping them get to the Champions League semi-final only getting knocked out to finalists Juventus. Lemar can only be nurtured and made in the image of Klopp and being only 22 years old, it’s scary the potential this lad has. The most important thing is Klopp would select him and having got every decision right in the window debatably bar Karius, it could be an amazing coup.
This signing would also show Liverpool’s intentions of going to places in continental competitions and could show Fenway Sports Groups intention backed up with other players. One factor that could be shown a problem is the differential factor of physicality in the Premier League compared to Ligue 1. The less than half percentage of duels won shows the fact he isn’t physical that much in the French League so it could be worse in the Premier League should he make the move from Stade Louis II.
The midfielder has played for Caen in Ligue 2 in the 2014/15 season before making his move to AS Monaco. He played 25 appearances that season scoring once and created 23 chances, making his move up to France’s Premier Division without any real problems and showing an increase of statistics, a trend that is positive for potential buyers and with Klopp’s football he could fit perfectly into the 4-3-3 set up since it’s the formation Leonardo Jardim, manager of Monaco, plays. Lemar operates centre attacking midfield with two midfielders behind with the front three above him. So, Liverpool, if he signed could play in front of two of Georginio Wijnaldum, Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson or Emre Can. Or he could take the place of one of the front three operating a Lemar, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah/Sadio Mane front line. Rotating with the wingers is the biggest best if he signed and played that position.
Overall with where Lemar would fit and statistics show in fact he would be good a good signing as he can be played in more than one position being flexible and has fantastic potential. Under Klopp, Lemar will flourish and could be what we’re looking for to become who we want to be. All that needs to be sorted is Lemars physicality but after that he is perfect to play for Liverpool Football Club.