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In-Depth Player Analysis: Karim Adeyemi

Karim Adeyemi is a name that has been linked with Liverpool a lot recently so we're going to take an in-depth look into the young German's game.

Karim Adeyemi

Full Name: Karim-David Adeyemi

Age: 19

Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)

Nationality: German

Current Team: RB Salzburg

Position: Centre Forward

Preferred Foot: Left


About Karim Adeyemi

Karim Adeyemi is a 19-year-old German born striker who currently plays for RB Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga.

Adeyemi started his professional career at SpVgg Unterhaching where he rose up through to youth system to eventually play in the U19 Bundesliga side.

After impressing, Austrian side RB Salzburg decided to sign the youngster on a three-year deal.

As soon as Adeyemi signed for Salzburg, he went on loan to their 'feeder' club FC Liefering.

Karim Adeyemi

Adeyemi impressed during his time with Liefering and was subsequently called back to RB Salzburg's team.

After losing the likes of Erling Haaland and Takumi Minamino, Salzburg had to rely a lot of Adeyemi to help them in their attacking front.

The 19-year-old has impressed so much that he earned a call up to the German national team from Hansi Flick.

Adeyemi came on in the 71st minute against Armenia and ended up scoring on his debut!


Time at FC Liefering

During Adeyemi's time at Salzburg's 'feeder' club FC Liefering, the teenager established him self as a main stay in the Austrian sides team.

In the early part of the season, Adeyemi played in a centre-forward role for the club.

However, he ended up being moved to the left wing later on in the season.

His first season for Liefering was a success and he ended on six goals and four assists in 20 appearances.

However, his second season for the 2nd division side was when he really started to impress.

Adeyemi was once again playing as a centre-forward and also being utilised on the left wing from time to time.

He played 14 league games for Liefering, scoring nine goals and getting eight assists, showing the coaching staff at Salzburg that he was more than good enough to be promoted to their first time.


One and a half seasons after being bought by Salzburg, he had impressed them enough that he was called back from his loan move to Liefering early.

Adeyemi was thrusted straight into the first team squad for the reminder of the 2019/20 season for Salzburg. 

He only managed to play 10 games, eight of which were substitution appearances from the bench.

Karim Adeyemi

The teenager ended up with one goal and three assists for Salzburg in 347 minutes, which isn't too bad.

His first full season in the Austrian Bundesliga in 2020/21 was a very impressive one and that's when world scouts really started to take notice.

Adeyemi ended playing 29 games in the Bundesliga for Salzburg and scored seven goals and got seven assists. Helping Salzburg to a League title.

The 19-year-old has also started the 2021/22 season even better than he ended his previous season, scoring six goals in the opening six games for Salzburg which has gained him even more international attention.

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During his time playing for the U19 German international side, Adeyemi played his part in helping his country lift the U19 Euros.

Adeyemi only played 91 minutes for them and didn't start a game but that German team was full of superstars who are destined to be some of the best players in the world.


Statistics

Time to have an in-depth look at some of Karim Adeyemi's stats and if his style of play would suit Liverpool.

In the 2020/21 season, Adeyemi's breakthrough season for Salzburg, he got 1.16 goals & assists per 90 minutes.

Even though we're only six games into the current Austrian season, the 19-year-old has 1.48 goals & assists per 90 minutes.

Karim Adeyemi

Comparing him to the like of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota is a bit harsh but he does have the leeway of playing in the Austrian Bundesliga so take some of these upcoming stats with a pinch of salt. 

It just gives us a basic indication to his style of play and what to expect if Liverpool was to sign him.

Firstly, his shooting. Something that is very important in any forward players arsenal, especially if you're a Liverpool forward.

When watching Adeyemi, what stands out is he gets into some excellent attacking positions, especially in box. He reminds me a lot of Diogo Jota in that sense. 

Karim Adeyemi

During the 2020/21 season, Sadio Mane has a shot on target percentage of 37.6%, Mohamed Salah had 38.3%, Diogo Jota had 56.5% and Karim Adeyemi had an impressive 50% shot on target percentage.

Now making sure you hit the target when you are in the box isn't the only important thing, converting them shots on target is even more vital, especially at the top level of football.

Again, during the 2020/21 season, Sadio Mane had 0.31 goals per shot on target, Mo Salah and Diogo Jota both had 0.35 goals per shot on target, while Adeyemi had 0.47 goals per shot on target.

When comparing Adeyemi to Firmino, who he could potentially replace in the future, it's clear to see that Firmino is currently the better player.

No one is arguing that but they're both very different players, Adeyemi suits the quick, skilful and young type of player that Liverpool seems to be targeting nowadays.

In the 2020/21 season. Adeyemi played 29 games while Firmino played 36. During that time, the Brazilian created 51 chances while the 19-year-old only managed to create 20. Again though, Adeyemi's job isn't to drop deep and create like Firmino.

Another stat to look at would be key passes per game. This is a lot closer that some would think considering Firmino's creative ability. Bobby created 1.2 chances p/g while Adeyemi creates 1.1 changes p/g.

One more thing to look at would be the big chances missed, something Liverpool fans complain a lot about regarding Firmino. Last season the Brazilian missed 13 chances while Adeyemi only missed five. 

Firmino v Adeyemi

Karim Adeyemi v Roberto Firmino

A few more individual stats for Adeyemi that are quite impressive. He has 11 pressing duels per 90 minutes and a XG (Expected goals) of 0.7 per 90.

Adeyemi also has 5.9 touches in the opposition box per 90 minutes, which backs the point even more that he gets into great positions.

Just looking at the stats alone, you can see why some of the top clubs in European football are after his signature and they get even more in-depth looks at his games and personal stats than us.


Verdict

It's very easy to see why Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona and Liverpool are looking to sign Karim Adeyemi next summer.

He is 19-years-old and already looks like an amazing player. He is also coming from Salzburg and they know how to pick their youth prospects.

If the reported fee of €30million is to be believed, Liverpool may look at it as a minimal risk signing.

Karim Adeyemi

Adeyemi is still young and could easily be one of the future stars bursting onto the scene currently. The 19-year-old also fits Liverpool's mould for an attacking signing too. 

He can play on both wings and also up front, he's very quick and has a great burst of acceleration, Adeyemi is solid on the ball with good build-up play and great dribbling ability  and he is also willing to sacrifice personal gain for the team, something that is essential to the way Liverpool play.

The 19-year-old playing up front also hands itself to the rumour of Roberto Firmino potentially departing which could see Adeyemi become his long-term successor.

Karim Adeyemi

Who ever gets Karim Adeyemi will have an unbelievable prospect on their hands. He could easily become one of the best players in the world in a few years and if no one signs him now, then they could be paying a lot more than the €30million currently quoted.

His electric start to the Austrian Bundesliga this season also hands itself well to him becoming a world class player in the future. Since Patson Daka has left Salzburg, Adeyemi has seemed to taken the heavy load of their attack and is relishing in the responsibility.

If Klopp thinks Adeyemi is fit for Liverpool then it would be silly not to trust him. With Liverpool's front three getting on in age, signing Adeyemi may be the first step to replacing them all.