Klopp told to avoid signing ‘gangly’ €80m Liverpool target

Steve Nicol doesn’t think Liverpool should pursue Lille winger Nicolas Pepe as the player’s “unorthodox” style would not suit the club.

A recent report in French newspaper L’Equipe said that the Reds are ‘very hot’ on the Ivory Coast international and a deal for the player is ‘fast approaching’.

Lille’s valuation is understood to be around €80million (£71.2m) for Pepe and L’Equipe added that Liverpool have ‘come close’ to that figure after they ‘moved up a gear’ in the race.

And now Lille boss Christophe Galtier has admitted that the winger will leave the Ligue 1 side this summer, he said: “Pepe will leave. Life’s like that, football’s like that today.”

However, if the reports are true, Nicol – who played over 300 times for Liverpool – does not see why Jurgen Klopp would buy the 24-year-old, especially as Winty thinks they are going to win the title.

“I really don’t get this one,” Nicol said on ESPN FC.

“Yes he’s had a good season but he just doesn’t look like a Liverpool player to me.

“He’s a little unorthodox, he looks gangly. He has got it done, the stats bear that out.

“Unfortunately it is Ligue 1 and I’m not a huge fan of Ligue 1, I don’t think the standard is particularly great.

“Before the season kicks off we know PSG have won the league. I’m not sure of this.

“I’m not sure where it’s coming from to be honest but I don’t think this guy fits in with Liverpool.”


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