Report: Liverpool "enter equation" for Celtic star Odsonne Edouard

By Euan Davidson

March 20, 2021

Celtic star Odsonne Edouard is being tracked by Liverpool.

That’s according to reputable transfer expert Ian McGarry. McGarry, who is a former Chief Football Reporter for both the Sun and the Daily Mail, spoke on the Transfer Window podcast with fellow journalist Duncan Castles.

On the podcast, he again mentioned Arsenal’s interest. However, there was a new name in Liverpool, who already boast frightening attacking talent. For whatever reason, it hasn’t worked at Anfield this season. The defending Premier League champions are said to be assessing their transfer options.

McGarry said:

“Liverpool and Arsenal are two teams who are chasing Odsonne Edouard of Celtic, Duncan. [He’s] a player who we have mentioned a few times on the podcast. Mostly with regards to Arsenal’s interest.

“What I think is interesting about the fact that Liverpool have entered the equation is that they have done so on the basis that they expect or at least suspect one of the front three of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino or Sadio Mane may leave in the summer.”

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: considering a tactical rethink? / (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)

Celtic star Odsonne Edouard to Liverpool? It’s a move with precedent

Of course, it wouldn’t be the first time Celtic’s star striker moved to Liverpool. If anyone can sell this exact move, it’s Liverpool ambassador Kenny Dalglish. You can imagine the legendary striker will be in Eddy’s ear, provided this speculation is based in truth.

To be honest, though, I’m having a hard time envisioning it. Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool tend not to use an out-and-out centre forward in the middle of an attacking trident. Certainly, Edouard can pressure defenders, win the ball back quickly and create chances. But that’s not really his game, and it’d be blunting his effectiveness.

So, realistically, it would take a different tactical approach for Liverpool to best use Edouard. Given that it took so long for Klopp to mould the Reds in his image, I’m sceptical to say the least.

But that’s not to say any of this is surprising. Edouard is a high-calibre player, and should be linked with Champions League sides. We’ve even talked about the likes of Juventus and Real Madrid being after him before.

In any event, Celtic man Odsonne Edouard will have an interesting summer.

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