Liverpool Transfer Rumors: Milos Krasic as a Replacement for Dirk Kuyt?
Milos Krasic has been labeled the new "Pavel Nedved" at the Serie A giants Juventus. They've gone undefeated this season and Krasic has seen just seven appearances this season for the Bianconeri. Krasic's agent, Dejan Joksimovic admitted that Krasic is due to leave Italy this summer in hopes of better playing time (link in Italian):
"He wants to leave. He hasn't played enough and that's why his time at Turin is finished.
There is a specific team [Krasic has in mind]. I believe Milos has many requests.
His time in Italy is over and he's ready to abroad.
Any major championship...would be good for him."
If Dirk Kuyt was to leave, there would be a large gap on the right side where Kuyt was so prominent in the eras of Benitez and to an extent, Hodgson.
Kuyt of course, isn't your average winger. He doesn't have the technical ability of Cristiano Ronaldo, or the pace of Theo Walcott and Aaron Lennon, or even the crossing ability of Antonio Valencia. No, instead, Kuyt was used as a winger to harass full backs who are in majority less physically threatening than center backs. Kuyt played on the wings, basically as a target man using his strength and aerial ability to contest and bully the opponent's full backs. He made his runs near post, resulting in goals, but mostly corners—chances for the Reds to score.
Although he isn't technical or fast, he is a decent crosser of the ball with experience behind him to make good decisions.
Where does Krasic fit into all of this?
Well, for starters, Krasic is 6'1" similar to Kuyt who is 6'0". Krasic has proven time and time again that he has the ability to keep possession of the ball. His immense stature also lends him the ability to be a good defender as he can block potential threats with his body and intercept the ball.
The Serb can pass and dribble, as we've seen him do against Sampdoria. He dribbles and runs past four defenders before launching a shot that the goalkeeper saved.
His pace goes uncontested, as seen in this video, where Krasic runs to the ball and beats two defenders at full speed only to be denied by the crossbar. (Something to wonder about as Liverpool have hit the woodwork a record 33 times this season.)
When possible, Krasic cuts inside giving defenders something to worry about.
He tends to play near the post just like Kuyt. Some of his goals have come from extremely acute angles which seem impossible to get in the back of the net.
Playing in sync on the right side supported by Glen Johnson—a full back with good attack power—Krasic, I believe will do extremely well at Liverpool, delivering killer balls (completed 84 percent of his passes this season) and hassling full backs in the mould of Kuyt.
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