Jose Mourinho’s move to Roma could pave way for new Liverpool signing – fr

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Jose Mourinho’s move to Roma could pave way for new Liverpool signing – fr


Any time a football club appoints a new manager, it can be an exciting time for fans and players alike who are optimistically looking forward to the next season.
But it does not work positively for everyone, and some members of the Roma team may now wonder if the new man in town will accept them.

The Serie A team, which are currently seventh in the division, announced on Tuesday that recently sacked Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho will be their coach from the start of the 2021/22 campaign.

“We are extremely confident that Jose will be the perfect coach for our project, for our immediate and long-term future,” said Tiago Pinto, Roma general manager.

Football fans around the world could be forgiven for having smiled using “Jose” and long term “in the same sentence.” Mourinho has never managed 200 appearances at once with a club and last completed a three-season stint with a team in 2013.

Despite all the success he has enjoyed in his career, the Portuguese have a reputation for disrupting harmony within a team, often alienating players to the point that they barely get a selection flair on a match day. .

Mourinho also likes to spend money on new signings when possible, so Roma may have to sell some players who don’t match their plans in order to raise transfer funds.

It’s too early to tell who the excess men might be, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if Michael Edwards and his team of data disciples are currently in control of their team.

One player who would have caught their attention in the past is 24-year-old midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini, who has occasionally been Roma captain this season.

He was linked with a move to Anfield in 2018, supposedly replacing Emre Can who left the club on a free transfer when his contract was concluded.

With Gini Wijnaldum seemingly set to do the same, maybe the time for Pellegrini to move to Liverpool has finally come?

One thing is clear, however. He was reportedly available last summer when Roma needed to raise funds, and Per Transfermarkt are set to enter the final 12 months of their own contract.



Lorenzo Pellegrini of AS Roma

It is therefore reasonable to think that Roma could be open to an offer for his services in the next transfer window, especially if he does not seek to extend his stay at the club in his hometown.

The Italy international has scored five league goals and assisted six more in 2020/21, but a review of his underlying performance highlights more impressive reasons why the Reds might be interested in acquiring him.

Pellegrini have created 14 Serie A-defined clear chances in Serie A this season (according to SofaScore), so he can still tie his tally of 15 from 2019/20.

If you’re looking for a Premier League player who has created at least 29 big chances over the past two seasons, it won’t take long. That’s the same total Trent Alexander-Arnold mustered, and only Kevin De Bruyne (with a barely credible 50) has more.

Only three players – one of whom is ex-Liverpool man Luis Alberto – created more golden opportunities in Italy last season, and there are just four players with a higher tally in this campaign.



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This explains why Pellegrini is among the top 40 players in Europe’s five big leagues for expected assists by 90 minutes this season (by FBRef), and only seven men above him in the standings have played more minutes than he too.

He also had two similar seasons to reclaim the ball in the third striker, except this time his figure is higher in 2020/21.

While not as elite here as when it comes to creating clear chances, Pellegrini saved the joint-16 e most of the remaining thirds regain in each of the past two years.

The Italian was among the top 10 Serie A players last and / or this season for assists in the penalty area, balls and also carries them in the final third.

Whether Liverpool were genuinely interested in the Roma man three years ago or not, there are plenty of reasons to suggest he should be this summer.

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