‘Liverpool would improve Martinelli’
David James has tipped Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli to get even better if he joins Jurgen Klopp’s title-chasing Liverpool.
Klopp is a big admirer of the young Brazilian, branding him an “outstanding player” after his Reds beat Arsenal 2-0 earlier this season.
The Premier League-winning manager also insisted “everybody should remember” Martinelli’s name.
And former Liverpool goalkeeper James would like to see Klopp manage Martinelli and take him to the next level.
Speaking to GGRecon, former England international James said: “Gabriel Martinelli is one player who I get excited by. If it was a choice between Martinelli and Raphinha, I would go for Martinelli.
“He’s young and he’s got everything you need. It’s almost like a slightly rawer Díaz, and the beauty of Díaz is that he can play basically anywhere.
“Martinelli obviously occupies the left a lot more. I always think that with a good environment and age, you can manipulate a player into something else, and I think Martinelli fits that criteria.
“He’s young and more than capable. And I can imagine him in a Liverpool kit, doing what he does with Arsenal, if not better, and just fitting in seamlessly.
“If you look at Liverpool’s recruitment, the age of the players they’re buying – they’re young. They’re kind of like ‘we’ve already got the team now, but what’s it going to look like in the future?’”