Liverpool's early work in the transfer market apparently continues, this time with Armenian attacking midfielder and Shakhtar Donetsk standout Henrikh Mkhitaryan identified as the club's top target. It's an oft-discussed and well-like link for most; his name has been talked about for most of the season, partially because of the excellent season he had for the Ukranian Premier League Champions.
We talked about what he'd add the other day, and most seem to think that he'd be a first eleven player right out of the gates. Liverpool's lead online/radio broadcaster John Bradley also does announcing for Russian football and is in the know (literally, not in Twitter-speak) for some of the smaller European leagues as well, and spoke very highly of what Mkhitaryan could add to the squad:
Right, here's the lowdown. Henrikh is a classic number 10 who makes Scholes like late runs into the penalty area and scores bundles of goals— John Bradley (@JBcommentator) June 3, 2013
When Jadson left Shakhtar they asked him to suggest replacement, he said noone Henrikh is already better than me, said he's world class— John Bradley (@JBcommentator) June 3, 2013
Henrikh is a player who plays well between the lines, his work rate and attitude are phenomenal. He'd be a great addition to any squad— John Bradley (@JBcommentator) June 3, 2013
It's another positive link in what's shaping up to be a more positive than usual early transfer season for Liverpool, and though there's plenty of time for everything to go pear-shaped--and some of it probably will--the types of targets the club have identified have nearly all been ones that would leave Liverpool in better stead heading into the 2012-2013 season. Little doubt that Mkhitaryan fits that mold, and now we can hope they're able to do what's necessary to bring him aboard.
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